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Reflection Self-development

Writer’s block and how I overcame it

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted to this blog, so I thought I’d give some updates and reflect on the last few months.

Uh-oh! I got writer’s block!

I should have seen writer’s block coming when I graduated from my Arts degree last year. But I thought I could bypass it since I was able to publish my large Lin-Manuel Miranda post shortly after my graduation. But, nevertheless, the writer’s block caught up with me the moment I posted it! 

Writer’s block, like any other kind of art block, is a tricky beast for creatives to overcome. Many websites define ‘art block’ as a period in which an artist struggles to create due to a lack of motivation or ideas.

I’m not sure if other creatives feel the same way, but writer’s block and art block feel very similar to periods of procrastination or ‘laziness’ for me.

There are lots of articles and videos by other creatives that provide excellent advice for overcoming artistic and writer’s block. But I thought I’d contribute to the conversation by sharing what worked best for me.

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Reflection Self-development

The candle in the closet

Following on from my previous post, I want to write more about the benefits of living in the moment. In 2020, the year of appreciating what we had, I came across a TED Talk that changed my perspective on life.

This TED Talk was ‘Change Your Closet, Change Your Life’, presented by Gillian Dunn. While I’ve already referenced a few TED Talks in previous blog posts, I believe Gillian’s is the one that left the biggest impression on me so far.

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Journaling Self-development

Knowing yourself

In my last blog post, I mentioned that ‘knowing yourself’ can help you live a passively active lifestyle. A passively active mindset enables you to live a productive and meaningful life on your own terms. It encourages you to be responsible but also ensures that you’re enjoying your life. In this post, I’ll give you some simple questions to ask yourself to help you begin your journey to discovering who you are and where you fit in the universe.

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Media Analysis and Reviews Self-development TV Shows

Homer’s Enemy- passive and active mindsets

It’s undeniable that The Simpsons holds a lasting impact on how we view sitcoms and animation. Many pop-culture nerds, including myself, have analysed and interpreted the many complex characters and their interactions. However, with over 30 seasons and numerous writers, analysing even one character from The Simpsons can become complicated. So, I’d like to focus on an episode that I believe leaves a significant impression. It is season 8, episode 23, Homer’s Enemy.

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Journaling Self-development

Audio journaling- what I’ve learnt

The beginning of 2020 sparked a desire in me to get my life together. I was 19 years old, had a comfortable job, and was about to start my second year of university. However, I was dissatisfied with the person I was- lost, stagnant, and lacking confidence in my ability to progress. So, I turned to audio journaling for grounding and guidance. I recorded my first entry on March 14th, 2020, completely oblivious to the direction the world was heading in.

It’s been over 260 days of lockdown and over 700 hours of ranting, rambling, and raving to myself. I’ve recorded well over 600 entries!

Now, I can successfully say that audio journaling allowed me to survive and even enjoy two years of uncertainty.