Writers block. It’s when you want to write something but nothing comes. It happens to all of us from time to time and we have different ways of dealing with it. You put the pen down or you close the computer. You go for a walk then you come back and start again. We are all inspired by things around us, or things we read or see. Usually that works but sometimes it’s still a blank page looking at you. It’s a writer’s block and we try again another day. It never lasts for too long, hopefully.
This got me thinking about people around the world, mainly women, who want to speak or write about things that are important to them but are forbidden to do so. That is a different kind of block. If they dare to speak or write, they risk facing all kinds of censorship or barbaric punishment.
Maybe the next time I complain about writers block I will just write about those brave women who fearlessly do it without thought to their own safety. I’m sure they have plenty to say.
Voice with opinions Wanting to speak to the world Mouth forever closed Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D'Verse Poets tonight and he has prompted us with "Writer's Block" Image by Steve Johnson from Pixabay
Yes, it’s so easy to take our freedom for granted and forget others don’t.
Yes, we are so fortunate and sometimes we forget that. 🤭
I agree with you so much, and think of the women of Afghanistan and Belarus in particular..
Thank you for reading and commenting. We take so much for granted don’t we? 😢
Wow… I think what you write about is the self censorship so many people have to live by… being blocked is even worse, well done.
Thank you. I really appreciate that Bjorn ☺️ There is always someone worse off than we are. What we do is not the emergency room and we won’t die from Writers Block but these women around the world just might. 😢
My thoughts went to the women in Afghanistan at reading this. Other countries and cultures have restraints for sure: what will society say – type of attitude.
Yes, and many other countries where women’s opinions are stifled. Thanks for stopping by ☺️💕
Not quite the same thing but occasionally I feel blocked when I’m putting together my radio show. I take inspiration from those around me near and far. It was hard during the lockdowns as I wasn’t interacting with people I know and even strangers for months. Yet, as you say I do have the ability to write and select my music for sharing without the heavy hand of authority telling me what I can or can’t play on my shows. As a woman in a male dominated profession sometimes it is a struggle but on the other hand I still have a voice.
Yes well said Bernadette. You are unique in your industry and I admire you for that. I can imagine that creativity would be stumped without your usual muses. I guess you followed your heart with the music choices. Hopefully things are a little better, not perfect I know, but better than before. I hope you have some audience again. Thank goodness we have our voices ☺️💕
Christine, are you familiar with the landay form? It was birthed out of a response to precisely this, from what I’ve read!
David, I was not, but now I am. I’ve just read about the Landry form. What a coincidence that it stems from Afghanistan. A couplet with nine syllables in the first line and thirteen in the second. Thank you so much for this information. I am interested in using it. You know how I love syllable counting! ☺️💕
We have a voice, you have drawn our attention to those that don’t! Well said, Christine. ❤️
Yes, I can’t imagine living under those conditions. Poor women. We still have a long way to go don’t we? 😢
We do. 😥
Speak to the truth and you can’t go wrong.
Thanks Ken. Yes, you are correct ☺️
Well done for drawing our attention to this other kind of writer’s block, Punam. I am also sure these women have plenty to say, and that in time, their voices will be heard! ❤️
So sorry Christine – I know you’re not Punam! I’ve been up since 4:30am and I knew I would start to crash by the afternoon…
Oh you’re so sweet. It doesn’t worry me! I tend to reply that way a lot! Little goofs here and there plus auto spell. It’s easy to mess up 🤣❤️ Thank you Ingrid
Thank you for understanding, Christine! It happens to me when I am very tired 😅❤️
Oh my gosh I am one confused mess when I have missed sleep. I emphasize Ingrid. ☺️💕
😄 I am sure Christine understands. ❤️
I certainly do Punam ☺️💕
I certainly hope so Ingrid ☺️❤️
awesome! Writers block does happen to us all at times!
Thank you! ☺️💕
Wonderfully presented alternate take on “blockage”, Christine. Write on, Sister.
Ron, thank you my friend ☺️ Sometimes we do grumble over some ridiculous stuff.
Thank you for this. Writer’s block is a luxury! There are so many who are silenced, thank you for the reminder.
Thanks Sarah. ☺️💕🌺
This is so true Christine. Brave for thinking of those who aren’t allowed to voice their opinions
Yes Sadje, for someone who likes talking as much as I do, I cannot imagine being silenced ☺️💕
Same here! Too much to bear.