Midweek Musings-26

Mid Week Musings


’Writer’s block’ is a condition in which writers experience a creative slowdown and find themselves unable to produce new work. And while writer’s block applies to writers and authors, we all know what it is like to feel blocked or ’stuck’ in other areas of life as well. Author, blogger and marketing guru, Seth Godin, has this to  say:

Write something

Then improve it.

Then write something else.

Repeat this process until you have a post.

Then post it.

Then repeat this process.

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. There’s simply a fear of bad writing. Do enough bad writing and some good writing is bound to show up.

And along the way, you will clarify your thinking and strengthen your point of view.

But it begins by simply writing something.

This splendid bit of advice can be applied to other areas of our lives, too. Instead of getting discouraged if something we tried to do didn’t turn out quite right the first time, we just need to try again, and keep at it till we get it right. And when we do, we will realize more often than not, that the finishing line was a lot closer than it appeared. 

The poet and educator, T.H. Palmer, wrote in 1840…

  ‘Tis a lesson you should heed,

Try, try again;

If at first you don’t succeed,

Try, try again;

Then your courage should appear,

For, if you will persevere,

You will conquer, never fear;

Try, try again.

All that other folks can do,

Why, with patience, should not you?

Only keep this rule in view;

Try, try again.

The inventor Thomas Edison was quite right when he said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Inspiration may get us started but it takes perseverance and resilience to see us through. 

Have a great week! And try again.

Team Anahat