Promises and Perfection; A Journey to Cure Writer’s Block

For the past few days I talked about how I planned on writing an article about the time I spent with a sea captain, a French chef, and two wine suppliers, and while I was certainly excited to get down to writing such a thing, I’ve come to the realization that I’m drawing a blank. Sadly, however, this isn’t the first time it’s happened and I’m starting to worry about this annoying case of writer’s block that I’ve gathered, mainly because it happened with the HBO article as well. I suppose I should quickly mention that the sea captain was very entertaining, the French chef didn’t really lead me to any specific psychological realizations (only that I need to work on my French) and the wine suppliers were very interesting to talk to. Additionally, one of the suppliers has been selling random things (from airline tickets to wine) for over 15 years, and while this certainly isn’t anything spectacularly interesting, it takes a certain set of skills to be able to make sales an interesting topic for over 5 and a half hours. Good show to that particular human being for keeping me interested.

Moving on to the writer’s block, however, it’s important to understand a few details about my writing methods. To begin with, any ideas I do get for an article are immediately written into a little black moleskine that I always keep with me. I make sure of this for later days where I can, hopefully, expand the idea into an actual article worth reading. However, for the past week or so, the moleskine (notice that I call it THE moleskine and not MY moleskine. This is an important point to note because calling it MINE would imply ownership over it, though based on the total amount of other people’s notes inside of it, I’ve decided that it is, for all intents and purposes, public property, though I do digress) has been absolutely filled with expanded ideas that I just haven’t written. Moreover, I fail to see any real point in attempting to write a proper article for each idea due to my current state of block, so I’m going to empty out all the thoughts in the moleskine so I can start fresh at a later date. A little bit of back story before I begin though, before my first ever hiatus during the later part of June, I tried to write a similar article where I did a “Data dump” (I’m trying to make that a thing by the way. The term “Data dump” refers to any given situation where an individual provides all the information they have on a certain, or any, topic) but I never got around to finishing it because that article wasn’t so much about writer’s block as it was about boredom; sadly, the article is still around (under an incomplete heading) and even though I might get around to finishing it, I highly doubt that that will ever happen.

Let’s begin with the first thought that’s been kicking around the moleskine: Perfection and 12th Company (the title refers to the 12th company fromTite Kubo’s Bleach). Now, this particular thought is interesting because the problem is that I can’t seem to figure out a way to really tie it all together; the point is that perfection is over rated and that humans have a tendency to circle around conflict, and frankly, I can’t seem to figure out how to actually write something like that. My problem here is the fact that the entire article revolves around a series of dialogue between Mayuri Kurotsuchi (the captain of the 12th company) and Szayel Aporro Granz (an enemy; I’m not explaining it anymore, go to the links if you want more information on the two of them) regarding the concept of perfection and science. The former claims that to be a true scientist, one must constantly face a paradoxical sequence of events where striving for perfection is the goal in one’s life, though actually achieving that perfection is the opposite of what one wants to do. The latter on the other hand is immortal and claims that the former can’t win because the latter can never die (brilliant strategist, that one; I’m sure he’ll go far in life). Either way, the problem here is that I can’t figure out a way to make any of this seem anymore relevant than it already is. Furthermore, I haven’t figured out a way to make the whole “There’s no such thing as perfect” cliché have a reason to be discussed. I mean, in all seriousness, Kurotsuchi sums it up rather nicely, so people? Don’t go trying to be perfect when you should be the best you can be in any given situation, which is actually stellar advice for anyone really.

Now that I look at the moleskine though, every subsequent article I’ve tried to write has incorporated the perfection motif. For example, this next one is about BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (a manga series by Harold Sakuishi depicting the lives of would be rockers. The series is actually really good, and it’s as much the story of the main character as it is the entire band; I highly recommend taking a browse sometime) and perfection, which makes absolutely no sense seeing as how the main theme of BECK is growth and, quite literally, conquering hardships through determination and hard work (in comparison to striving to be perfect). The interesting point here is that the topic of BECK would be perfect for an article, though the combination of perfection just doesn’t work. Perhaps therein lies my problem; it’s very difficult to write something interesting about perfection without restricting oneself to the cliches associated with it. Or perhaps perfection is one of those things that’s difficult to attain anyway, but either way, perfection to me, at least, doesn’t seem to be a good topic to work with because, to me at least, there isn’t anything else to work with; the article’s talking about perfection to begin with and there’s really nowhere else to go that hasn’t already been gone (though if I tried to write something that hadn’t been done, I’m afraid I’d be left circling a very small and very blank piece of paper).

Frankly, however, I’ve decided that I’m not going to make promises on possible articles anywhere other than TheByteCorner. Otherwise, I feel the need to actually write an article based on the promise, and most times of ten I don’t see the need to do so, especially considering that I usually write an article a few days after the fact (which allows me to think and mull over the subject to figure out which angle I’d like to take). Therefore, I’d like to conclude today’s exercise in humility (that was a joke, by the way) by promising to not make promises I can’t keep (anywhere other than TheByteCorner). I think that’s a rather good promise to make actually.

As always, this has been your Admin; comment and criticize, and DO remember! Always look on the BYTE side of life!

-EK

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