Tag: will power

Write Through.

Writers block, the mischievous spirit that lies in wait for all writers, calmly poised to strike at the moment when they need their creativity the most. I have heard a lot of authors speak about this, but until fairly recently, even though I had experienced it a countless number of times, I had never given thought to the idea that maybe it wasn’t something that only writers experienced.

Do engineers, doctors and the like have moments where they are devoid of the ability to perform their professional tasks? If they do, I haven’t heard of it at all.  So why do writers, often the most painstaking of the creative line, suffer this so much?

In 1990 I fell in love with a peculiar book who’s author’s work inspired and has continued to inspire me since then, and I have dreamed of writing something in honor of the timeless tome of brilliant penmanship.

   In the beginning, I didn’t do this because I was busy, I had to attend school, find my passions, attend more school, find my calling, have a girlfriend, maintain a relationship, with all the attention it demanded, and then there was work, and there has been work for the last 11 years.

Asked a few days ago why I hadn’t written it yet, (just like I have been asked if my long-promised mixtape was ever going to be heard, or just imagined) I blamed writers block for it. Yeah right. For twenty-three years? Balls.

I forgot the most important thing about being a creative person a while ago, and only remembered it recently. If you’re a doctor (dentist, surgeon, pediatrician) your job is to heal, if you’re an engineer (mechanical, electrical, petroleum) your job is to make stuff work.

If you’re a creative (actor, writer, editor, painter, dancer, sculptor, director) your job is to reach into the vacuum of nothing, grab a handful of thin air, and create something from it. I recognize the obstacle that is writers block, I’m not saying it is an excuse or imaginary, I’m saying that gravity was an obstacle too, until someone figured out how to make airplanes.

Dare to be great.

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Write Through.

Writers block, the mischievous spirit that lies in wait for all writers, calmly poised to strike at the moment when they need their creativity the most. I have heard a lot of authors speak about this, but until fairly recently, even though I had experienced it a countless number of times, I had never given thought to the idea that maybe it wasn’t something that only writers experienced.

Do engineers, doctors and the like have moments where they are devoid of the ability to perform their professional tasks? If they do, I haven’t heard of it at all.  So why do writers, often the most painstaking of the creative line, suffer this so much?

In 1990 I fell in love with a peculiar book who’s author’s work inspired and has continued to inspire me since then, and I have dreamed of writing something in honor of the timeless tome of brilliant penmanship.

   In the beginning, I didn’t do this because I was busy, I had to attend school, find my passions, attend more school, find my calling, have a girlfriend, maintain a relationship, with all the attention it demanded, and then there was work, and there has been work for the last 11 years.

Asked a few days ago why I hadn’t written it yet, (just like I have been asked if my long-promised mixtape was ever going to be heard, or just imagined) I blamed writers block for it. Yeah right. For twenty-three years? Balls.

I forgot the most important thing about being a creative person a while ago, and only remembered it recently. If you’re a doctor (dentist, surgeon, pediatrician) your job is to heal, if you’re an engineer (mechanical, electrical, petroleum) your job is to make stuff work.

If you’re a creative (actor, writer, editor, painter, dancer, sculptor, director) your job is to reach into the vacuum of nothing, grab a handful of thin air, and create something from it. I recognize the obstacle that is writers block, I’m not saying it is an excuse or imaginary, I’m saying that gravity was an obstacle too, until someone figured out how to make airplanes.

Dare to be great.

Common Denominators.

In a conversation while waiting for a flight today, I heard a unique definition for one of my favorite groups of people ever (Nigerians!). When asked what cultural differences set Nigerians aside from the rest of the world and its people, my friend said: “Nigerians are suffused by the will to survive.” And her colleague, who is European, could see such evidence of that statement in everything that he encountered during his stay in the country that he has taken that as a gospel of sorts, an infallible truth about the country and its people.

 When I heard about their conversation, I was pleased, being Nigerian and liking to think of my nation as being a 160-million supermen trying to conceal their red and blue superhero costumes under the guise of Clark Kent, but as is typical with my mind, given a few hours to stretch between countries, I wondered if that wasn’t true for the whole world.

 Humankind impresses me endlessly. We have come from an era where we thought the constellations were deities (well, most of us have) to interacting with our solar system quite literally, and aggressively challenging the borders of the envelope of once accepted possible reality. Would I be wrong to assume that we achieved that mostly because we bore a restless curiosity, which drove us forward to discover our world and universe?

 There are schools of thought that believe that our curiosity is a functional response to our fear of the unknown, and there are others that believe that our inquisitive nature is really an offshoot of our love for life and the desire and will to live it, I think the two ideas are correct.

 Fear is the understanding that there is something to be lost, and what is acknowledged as a loss which does not possess value? I love my country, through her ups and downs and heartbreaks and triumphs, but I think that while the passionate will to live is easily seen in the Nigerian people, who have such gargantuan obstacles to surmount daily, it is something which is clearly visible in all of mankind, why else would we try so hard every day to be better?

  It would seem as though we are coming in for landing and thus time to shut down all electronic devices. Fight the good fight, celebrate all victories great and small, and don’t be afraid to make a mistake or two. Peace.