Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Is 'Walking' distance shorter than 'Walkable' distance?

I say, the stationary store is 'walking distance' from my home and my office is 'walkable distance' from my home.

Does it mean the same or is it that the stationary store is very near to my home and the office is not so near but at a distance that you can reach by walk?

Kindly help me with this.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Am I a writer?

This is my first post in Wordsmaid. I'm facing a queer situation here.

To begin from the beginning, I've never fancied myself as a writer. In fact, I don't even understand how one can call himself/herself a writer. Does an identity such as a 'writer' really exist? I know there are poets, novelists, critics... even lesser mortals like copy writers who would write marketing copies on a given subject or theme. But what does a 'writer' do? Just write? Write what?

Ah! Let me get to the point. I used to write short stories and very rarely poems too. Then I got into a job as a Copy Writer. Then I moved on to become a feature writer for a news firm. But now, I think I've reached some point of saturation. I find myself short of words. My bundle of vocabulary has suddenly become empty. Well, I could have got along with that. Even worse, I find that my mind or brain has become devoid of ideas.

I wake up every morning thinking that I'd write something, maybe start a story. But when I sit down to write, I realise that I don't know my characters. I don't understand why the hero in my story has to deliver a certain speech or the heroin would feel trapped in a situation. And then when I try to create a certain situation, I fail to understand why it has to be like that and not anything different... To put it simple, I sit there staring at a blank page, get frustrated and then quit and watch some movie.

Is this because of a lack of any inspiration? The funny thing is that when I refer to my own creative pieces, I find them so incomplete. I look at them as ramblings of an unsatisfied mind, or as a means of venting out my creative surges.

Dear members of Wrodsmaid, I would be grateful if anyone of you can give me a suggestion to get out of this void.