Writer's Block! At last I got it diagnosed. I suffered from Writer’s Block. It’s a long story. I have been a prolific blogger in the past. I have written a lot of useful stuff on lizards, dogs, cats and flies including one sitting on American President’s lap. Initially I thought it was just a simple malady like a common cold which normally went off on its own unless we wished to increase the sales of sticky ointments that would set your nose on fire. But soon I realised that was more lethal like swine fever. That made me very depressed and that wiped my head clean. I reached a stage when it would be very difficult for anyone to judge which was balder, my external or internal head. I made a beeline to my Guru Googulananda and unloaded my anguish to him. He closed his eyes for a while and produced some 240 million references to writer’s block in 1.39 seconds. My face bloomed like a freshly watered plant. It gave me several reasons for this problem but the one that came close to my condition and the one I liked most was ‘depression’. It was difficult for me to judge if it was depression that caused writer’s block in me or vice versa. How would it matter in any case? I perked up considerably when I read that it could last anywhere between two and three months. It gave some valuable pointers like Don't start with a blank page. Write a quick outline. ... Read more widely. ... Write what you feel like writing. ... Start anywhere. ... Use your lifeline. ... Don't edit while you write. ... Create an 'idiot's outline.' ... Write without notes or quotes. I crumpled my blank page and threw it out of the window. I sat in front of my PC and started caressing my keyboard with my right index finger which, as you all know, has always been my trusted help in writing. When it comes to reading more widely, I am second to none, not even Jerome K Jerome. I am sure you remember the guy. He picked up a health encyclopaedia from a library and found to his horror that he had symptoms of all the diseases listed therein. When it comes to writing what I feel like writing, that is my major problem. I don’t feel like writing anything presently. Starting anywhere is a good idea but I prefer starting it in my club. Talking of using my last lifeline, this is my last lifeline and if I miss out now, I can as well pack up! Editing while I am writing? I don’t even read what I write! Create on ‘idiot’s outline’? This is rather uncanny. How did you know I was one? Writing without notes are quotes? That’s my major addiction. I normally give five or six quotes in whatever I write. My philosophy is that when others come out with some impressive stuff, there is nothing wrong in quoting them even if they don’t fit into what we write. After going through all the suggestions, I felt perked up considerably. The problem is not in writing. It is only in finding someone to read it. It’s a pity that Aesop’s tales are not half as popular as Harry Potter these days. I am amazed that the very first novels of some writers sold millions of copies. I know my day will come too. For winding up, I mean!