Tomorrow Haiku

What tomorrow holds?
my today is bleak and dark
dreams will never die.

I am going through a terrible phase. It feels like my creative juices have drained out.

State of mind: frustrated.

For Carpe Diem Haiku.

Kristjaan, I am praying for your mother’s speedy recovery.

10 Killer Ways to Chop the Writer’s Block

Let me be the woodcutter today as I wish to chop a mighty block that lay in front of me, popularly known as the writer’s block. Yes, it does look scary to many of us and, indeed, a massive obstacle if we are working on our next novel or an article, for that matter.

I am here to share ten killer ways to chop off the block and become a better writer or poet. It can be supremely frustrating to be not able to create or write what is in our mind, but with practice we can accomplish what we want i.e. to become a good writer.

1. Sharpen your axe: To chop off that mighty writer’s block, you must sharpen your axe and your axe is your skill to churn out articles or poems or blogs. Read good work, read not so good work, but read, read and read, and this way you become stronger and confident.

2. Become fearless: Initially, when I started to write poems, I received not so great reviews, but I knew someday I am going to touch the hearts of my readers and I did it. Be fearless about your writing, discover your style and hone it, every day. Uninhibitedly write what you feel and be absolutely confident about it.

3. Think lateral: Try and think lateral about the subject you want to write on. Writer’s block also compels a writer to craft something which he or she has never thought about. Many poems on my blog are a result of fighting writer’s block.

4. Take a stroll: Your pen is lazy today, no problem. Go out and take a stroll, a great way to destroy the block. Meet new people, meet your friends, and talk to them about what you are doing these days.

5. Be happy: Be positive about your skills and never let the brief obstacle affect you. Remember, even the best of writers hit the bump, but what makes them great is their determination to cross the hurdle.

6. Kill distractions: It is pivotal to kill the distractions when you are attempting to write a piece. Just you, your pen and paper or if you are using a word processor, and see the difference.

7. Music therapy: I have tried this and, believe me, it works. Choose the genre that suits you and hit the play button. Music relaxes your mind and you are in a better position to write what you really wish to.

8. Talk to children: They are adorable, and these days they are smarter. Their one-liners and answers can knock your socks off. They give amazing ideas on anything and everything. Talk to them and get inspired.

9. Make a plan: Have a plan, set targets and stick to them. Targets compel you to write when you don’t feel like. They create a situation of urgency which, I believe, is required.

10. Just grab a pen and write: My last tip, as soon as you finish reading this, start writing something, it can be anything.

As a matter of fact, I have written this piece to chop off the block that is in my head, and it worked. Happy writing!

What do you think about these ideas? 

Share with me your ways to get rid of writer’s block. Does writer’s block inspires you to write more and more?

This article by me was published on Ezine articles. You can read it here as well,

Five Quick Tips To Be Creative All The Time

Creativity is a remarkable trait that you want in your personality. But there are times, when you tend to doubt and because of the doubt, your life condition goes down. There are times when you just fail to create or write the piece you, desperately, want to. I can understand how it feels and that is why I have written this article. These tips (all tried and tested) have so far helped me in my poetry and writing career. Go ahead and grab some of these or all and let me know if they are good or not.

1. Seek inspiration from mundane activities: The jar of creative juices is empty, but you don’t have to worry, you don’t have to fret. The world around us, no matter how mundane it may seem, is filled with objects, people, scenes that can spark up your creative engine. Look around, observe and invite them to be a part of your next piece. My poem, titled, The Blue Ballerinas is inspired by a lovely pair of shoes of a friend.

2. Meditation: There are times when your mind is occupied with too many things at the same time. There are times when you get frustrated for not writing a poem or a piece. This is not your inability to create, but just a momentary phase called the writer’s block. Meditation is a great way to regain focus and the ability to create something new. It helps you relax your mind and also lets you discover your own self.

3. Talk to yourself: Sometimes you don’t need anyone but yourself. This tip is closely connected to my previous tip as meditation helps you discover your own identity. Talk to yourself about yourself, let you meet you and see what happens. You get ideas that can be amazing and worth writing on. So, try this out sometime.

4. Change your perspective: Look at the same thing with a different perspective. I would not say your perspective has to be positive you can look at the subject at hand with shades of grey as well. By a slight shift, you can feel the difference, and your piece reflects the same.

5. A gentle reminder: Take a piece of paper and list down what you have achieved in the past. Now, carefully look at each of the items listed as it is a proof that you are capable enough to achieve anything you dream of.

Remember, to be able to create something from scratch is a great thing and you have it in you to bring out what is inside. Go ahead and take out some sheets, scribble your heart out and share with the world, they are eagerly waiting to read your work.

This article by me was published on Ezine articles. You can read it here as well,