#AtoZChallenge V for Vacant by @sulekkha

 

Vacant by Sulekha Rawat

Some days I think of a million things I could write about in my blog, but when I sit in front of my computer screen, I have nothing to say. My mind goes blank, vacant. I feel like a fraud, an imposter in a writer’s body. Aren’t writers supposed to be full of new and interesting ideas, ready to write up a storm at the drop of an ink drop from their eloquent pens?

Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. ~Gene Fowler

People say, ‘An empty mind is a devil’s workshop’ but I disagree. I think it is a recharging station and after the de-cluttering and dusting off of the cobwebs from here, the mind gets flooded with fresh ideas. It is then ready to generously share them with the world. You have to safeguard your mind against the opinions of others and not let their thoughts get into your recharging workstation. The song from the movie, Amar Prem, starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila tagore, comes to mind, “Kuchh toh log kahenge, logon ka kaam hai kehna.”

You cannot please all the people, all the time so stop trying to do the impossible. Aim to walk on your path, keep your emotional balance and continue walking by putting one foot in front of the other. You will get there, eventually, so don’t lose hope. While you are on this scenic tour, look around and take in the sights. Don’t expect to see only the waterfalls, fairies, rainbows and lovely blossoms along the way, be prepared to witness a gory killing of a prey by the hunter, oil spills and also droughts. We are a sum of all our experiences, both good and bad, and with joy and sorrow chasing each other, perpetually; it is a mixed bag.

I know of writers who consciously empty their minds and let them be vacant briefly to allow new thoughts and ideas to fill them up. This influx keeps their writing fresh, lively and interesting not to mention a delight for the readers too. I take heart from these stalwarts and don’t panic when I wake up some mornings and have nothing to say to the world, I savor the moment and bless the Universe for giving me this opportunity to recharge my batteries.

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Blogger Bio:  Sulekha Rawat

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 Sulekha is a writer having an artistic mind with a scientific bent and is also the Co-Founder of Social Potpourri. A double Graduate, Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLISc), with a Post Graduate diploma in Marketing and Sales, yet still not satisfied with all the learning, she went ahead and laid the foundations for her dream of becoming a creative writer by enrolling in the Advanced Diploma in Creative Writing in English. She has a side-kick named Sparky; her 11 year old Dalmatian who listens to her read out the rough drafts and gives her suggestions for improving them with a shake of her adorable head.

– Sulekha has co-authored a book of poems with her daughter and their book, A Patchwork Quilt, was launched in Mumbai on 8 January 2015. She blogs at www.sulekharawat.com

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