Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sunday Scribblings – “Birth”

Giving birth is a difficult, difficult thing. Since I’ve chosen to avoid the physical process of birth, my only connection with birth is mental – in other words, the birth of ideas. I don’t mean that I’ve given birth to lots of brilliant, life-changing, fantastic, original ideas. Or even A single brilliant, life-changing, fantastic, original idea. Not even that. Just the fact that I’ve had any ideas is good enough for me. A naturally creative writer I’m not.

Anyway, as I see it, there’s a HUGE difference between the conception/birth of a child and the conception/birth of an idea - the latter being the worse experience. That’s only my opinion, of course. But I like to justify my opinion by pointing out that at least the process of conceiving a child is enjoyable, even if the birthing process is not – whereas conceiving an idea (even if only something to write about informally on a blog) is most certainly, most definitely not enjoyable in any way. Even surrogate conception (where an idea is conceived by someone else somewhere else, like the topic for this post) doesn't make the birthing process any easier.

For those of you who would like to disagree, I can only suggest that you try this experience – from conception to eventual expulsion - from inside MY head.


septembermom said...

I often get writer's block when trying to think of a post idea. I agree that personal brainstorming can be a frustrating experience. However, I do find it rewarding when an idea seems to spontaneously born when I least expect it. Those are the moments of "birth" that keep me going with my poetry and writing.

I often let my brain take a break from trying to conceive something and all of a sudden out pops an idea that may go somewhere.

Interesting post. Thanks for getting me thinking. I think you helped me with this little "birth" here in the comment :) Thanks!

Americanising Desi said...

it is not easy i agree!

Anonymous said...

i agree. giving birth physically is not as difficult as the idea bit. but, once you give birth, to give birth to the 'idea' of a human being you want your child to be, that's tough.
don't know if it makes sense... but it does in MY head :)

Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

I had to read Ummon's comment twice to get it. Ideas can be a pain sometimes alright ;)