Writer’s block they say is when the writer watch the white screen and wish the words would just crawl in without typing.
For me, often times, my writer’s block is caused by two factors: 1) Lots of topics crowded in my mind and with so many choices I don’t know which one to write about. 2) I have this “Proscrastinities” disease, putting off for tomorrow writing projects that require research, which in the end would tempt to laziness.
A blogger who is not being punished missing a deadline is susceptible to writer’s block. Being unaccountable to no one, the determination to write is diminished. Get paralyzed once and this writer’s block hounds, one for days or weeks. And for one to get motivated and determined again, events must slide in to provoke one’s passion, spirit, and emotion. Just then the writer’s block leaves, and one gets excited, reinvigorated and get in the groove again.
The ebb and flow characteristic of the writer’s block for me is influenced by events that often times touch my sensitivity as a blogger. As I am so attune to political events, I have in me that push button reaction that prodded me right away to mentally compose commentaries. When P’Noy for example, said in his fifth SONA address the phrase, “We have grown used to being greeted by negative commentaries for breakfast, personal attacks for lunch, insults for dinner, and intrigue for a midnight snack” somehow, I empathized with P’Noy’s laments. In my mind, I identified who are those “nega” brigade commentators from the different broadsheet papers. Francisco Tatad and Jojo Robles of the Manila Standard, Rigoberto Tiglao and Yen Makabenta of the Manila Times, Amado Doronilla of Daily Inquirer, Ninez Cacho Olivarez of the Daily Tribune, Benjamin Diokno of the Business World. These columnists seem to me are like horses with blinders who’s eyes focus only on the negative path.
Then, there are these bunches of traditional bashers of Malacanang Occupiers, the militant and the party list groups. Whenever I see the Bayan Secretary General, Renato Reyes on TV spouting off personal attacks on rallies, and burning effigies, and the media, as if not knowing people have already a big distaste for him, yet always give him an airtime for his opposing views, I fume to the tilt. Why can’t the media look for someone else who has different opposing opinions? Why settle for this guy, the litany of which remains the same through the years, and on this militant group, whose ultimate objective is to destroy the government?
Moreover, on Facebook, paid troll mercenaries litter the social media network with insults and intrigues against P’Noy. No Malacanang Occupiers escape from public criticisms. That’s natural. For the likes of Ferdinand Marcos, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who had monstrous records of corruption, criticisms were justified. But for P’Noy who the people knew as sincere, not corrupt and a game-changer on governing the country, unjustified “nega” commentaries, attacks, insults and intrigues, are uncalled for.
Not only political events triggered me to be consumed of the ebb and flow of writer’s block, but also those I snatch from reading and social observation. It all parked and packed in my brain. I hated it when immobilized by the surge of writer’s block. However, I am inspired when it ebb and recedes.