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If you were stranded on a desert island...

‘I’m alone on an island.’             ‘What did you bring?’ my brain asks.             ‘The internet, a high stack of paperbacks and a cat.’ I think for a second. ‘It’s a nice cat though.’             When confronted with the premise of ‘if you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?’ I always picture sun. And sand, lots of warm sand. This desert island, fictional in this hypothetical situation, is always pleasant. With a few dotted palm trees and definitely nothing wild and angry waiting to pounce out of the tree line... or the sea…             Now imagine that this island is in fact surrounded by shark infested waters. And you aren’t sure what’s grunting and growling behind the tree line, but you know for certain you don’t want to find out. You have, however, one place to hide. It keeps sharks and other creatures at bay, you’re sheltered and safe, at least until you need another meal or water. In time you learn to avoid the sharks, live amongst the other creatures on th…

Writers' Block

This is a subject that has been worrying me for the past few months. I've discussed the issue with a few people, told them the extent to which the problem has been bugging me, but at the end of the day I listen to none of the advice. I have been avoiding writing. I have taken to twitter and YouTube whenever I turn my pc on and fill my hours with funny videos, informative videos and tweets, many many tweets. None of these things actually help with the writing... though to an extent they do. Because everything we read, hear, see or experience becomes a part of us in some way and influences our art.

So lately I have not written. In fact I had been half heartedly writing up until October when I just finally gave up. Ironically, when I was a kid, I used to wish I wasn't a writer. I'd wish that my head wasn't full of colourful characters and stories, because it made me less "normal". All the other kids wanted to play outside and go to parties and whatever else it w…