Friday, 21 November 2008

Nothing out of nothing

How does one deal with adversity? Why all of a sudden did I ask such a question? No I have not done any research on this matter but rather would like to talk about this from a blogger's perspective, this blogger in particular.

To prove my point, let just say you fall into a well. What do you do besides shouting and screaming for help. While waiting, which should take quite sometime because the well happens to be at the end of a kampung on a day the villagers have all gone out for a wayang kulit show which incidentally has only just started.

Assuming that you could stay afloat, otherwise, no point in me going further, you could use this adverse situation to your advantage. There is of course to drink. The water is actually nice and cool. Next you could brush up on your staying afloat skills. You could do it face down or up. You could practice fishing with your hands, diving, staying underwater, heck there is so much you could do.

Okay now back to what I had actually wanted to write about. As r4egular visitors could see that this week, I had not been updating my blog as regularly as I had always been doing. No I have not suddenly taken ill or been busy.

The truth is, as I had told Shah about an hour ago is that I have what they call a writer's blog. Hey even two bit writers like me have bouts of blocks you know.

My style of writing has always been unpredictable. I very seldom plan what I want to write. I di not sit in front of the computer and write drafts and refine them.

Usually my ideas would come spontaneously while I am at the computer. Sometimes they come when I am reading other people's write ups. This happens many times. At other times, the ideas come when I am reading online news pages, usually TheStarOnline.

There were times of course while day-dreaming, I get an idea and at other times the ideas came while I was at in the toilet enlightening, as in making myself lighter, as in taking a dump.

I think that is why, if you were to read my posts again you would find them very badly organised and full of mistakes but them I write for those who care to read and not be picky as to the deficiencies in style and grammar.

Now what has all this proved? Well, in the first place, I had been unable to come out with a piece because the ideas deserted me. I find myself blank infront of my scribefire blogging tool. Now of course I have almost completed a not so short piece of writing which in times of a block I shouldn't be able to.

Well, you could say that like the person in the well waiting for the wayang kulit to end, I did the next best thing and that is to take advantage of the adverse situation. At least for today I could come out with a nonsensical piece. What about tomorrow?

Aaah, tomorrow is many thousands of seconds away. Why worry of tomorrow's bleak outlook when you should rejoice today's triumph in trickery? Hey, did I write that? I think I should be a politician.


joolee said...

the best way to overcome writer's block is to write about it - which you did. probably you're just a bit overwhelmed by all the stuff that has been happening. i know i am.

cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

I guess this writer's block is something like Tennis Elbow, eh? :)
Anyway, the title reminds me of a song from 'The Sound of Music', but cannot remember the name of the song.

Ydiana said...


Everyone who's writing, be it for fun, for projects (especially), for works and assignments will face a block sometimes. Worst if the deadline is yesterday. So for you, not to worry. Enjoy and take a back seat once in a while. :)

I have this 'challenge' in one ot two of my blogs. And no one is firing me...haha!

Kata Tak Nak said...

Yes, and I am smack between it. just can't find anything worth writing.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Tell you a secret. I know people may say I am not a refined gentleman but I actually have never liked that movie. Shhhh, don't tell anyone.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Will you be there? Oh common please be there.

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

I am one of those who reads your blogs and I enjoy myself tremendously when I am here.

Don't stop! :)

Kata Tak Nak said...

Thanx so much. You have always been generous with your praises.

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

If you know me well, you'll know I am very stingy with them. So take a bow! I only praise when it is deserved! ;)

Kata Tak Nak said...

What else can I say then besides "Merci"

peng said...

Writer's block? You are not alone! A common malady among bloggers I guess? When it comes, it comes in a flood! When it doesn't it's as dry as a dry tap!

Ydiana said...

Hi again Cikgu

Do you mean whether I'm coming to the 29th meet? I sincerely would love too, but a funny turn of event, I'll be at your part of the world around that time. :)/:(

But there's always the next time!


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