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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Writing Tips: Writer’s block and how to unblock it before you give up and go get a job as an accountant.
Being able to get the stuff running through my head
keeping me awake onto paper or into a word document is not always
easy. Sometimes it’s just words floating round the skull, escorted by disjointed
witty phrases that don’t make much sense. I have got small notebooks filled
with such words, ideas and phrases. I don't look through them much ever since I
found out that my writer's block does not come from lack of ideas. It is mainly
Other times there is nothing there so I have to get it
Pack up and Go
I have researched my family history and found out that, my great
great great grand mothers were nomads. That being the case, I have inherited
restlessness. I get tired of being in one place. I get needles and pins in my
legs and I just have to wrap it up all and find a different land to pitch my
I only need one luggage
If I am on one place for a long time, I stop writing. Which
is bad for me.I get moody and can be
worse than a wire brush. A change of environment is good for a writer. You get
to interact with different people, face different challenges and write from a
Go to the park and
stare blankly into space
I like quiet. And big
open spaces. When I go to the park, I don’t
write anything on location. But what being there staring blankly at the sky does
to my mind is it links up the ideas. All the zigzag lines straighten up and I
can’t wait to get home to have all the ideas down on paper.
-Staring blankly into
space- is best practiced in the park, when no one is looking.
My mother, when she
found me staring blankly into space at 18 was convinced that my mind
was getting slower. It worried her. She said I would become foolish.
But how to explain to someone that your brain is not in a
coma, it is working harder than when you look alert. Stare blankly into space
away from the human population.
Go to the Gallery
I used to spend a lot
of time in galleries and art exhibitions. Now I don’t have the time.
That statement is only half true. I lack proper organisation
and the internet has made me lazy.
I now only stalk
artists online. Especially sketch artists. Something about raw pencil drawings
inspires me, how a piece of art appears before it has been clothed in color or ink. The thing
with art is, once you become used to a particular artist, you get to learn what
their style is and can tell when they have changed it, improved it, and it
makes you want to improve your own.
my friend Aaron does beautiful brush lettering
Something you would never do on your own initiative. Like
going for a photo shoot. If you have the energy.
or take a hike
I went for a photo shoot last
month and had much fun the first hour, but two hours later I was finished,
done, ready to go home and sleep for the next two days. I now know why there is
an age limit to models.
I like pictures, but not posing for them, so such an
arrangement is really trying. But there is art behind the process of making a
picture outdoors. When they set up their gadgets, and try to work with the sun
to make the lighting just right. And seeing models pose in ways you only see in
the magazines, how they can hold a pose for as long as the photographer wants,
and seeing the result of the hard work later.
Get on a bus
And eavesdrop. I get such satisfaction when I get into a
matatu and everybody is talking to each other, or someone is on a long phone call
talking to their bff about their mother-in-law. Try this, when you get on the bus,
sit near the front. There is always conversation going on between one front
passenger and the driver, the conductor and the driver, or the conductor and a passenger
who is riding for free because he is a driver on another bus but is going to
town today for the safaricom open day to buy his daughter a smart phone. If
there is a traffic policeman getting a ride there will be conversation,
Sometimes I get home very amused. I still have one conversation I listened to
in 2004, scripted.
why so serious lah?
It is also on the bus
you get characters for your stories. Sit at the back and observe. Bus rides
will never be boring again, even in traffic.