[This is almost real with little fiction. If you don’t know about the character Ribo, he is my Writer’s Block. Please read my previous posts Ribo – A short fiction and My Tryst with Ribo continues to understand his motivations, the way he works and our conversations. Those who know about Ribo, carry on with this post.]
Ribo challenged me last time that he would come back stronger. Bad news was he did. Let’s see how our conversion went.
Me: My mind is blank right now. I can’t think. It’s like a blank page now.
Ribo: Hey, I told you. I will find newer and newer ways to make you not write. I tried confusion to unsettle you. It didn’t work out. You wrote about what was bothering you and in turn about me. I needed some other tool to block you. By God’s grace, Your work at office increased and also Prime Minister Modi’s move helped me. It served as a much needed distraction. You haven’t wrote anything for two weeks now except the viral whatsapp message.
Me: Hmmm. You had me, this time. But I won’t allow you to distract me for long. That’s why I am writing now. About you. My conversation with you.
Ribo: Don’t you think you have deviated from your goal of writing short stories? I mean what are you? Are you a short story writer? Or a blogger or a little bit of everything? What the hell are you anyways?
Me: I am what I am. I want to write fiction. But occasionally I also want to share my knowledge or my learning to other reader/writers.
Ribo: Oh. Hell with that. Come on. Take a decision now. What are you?
Me: I am a Writer.
Ribo: What kind?
Me: It doesn’t matter as long as i am honing my writing muscles.
Ribo: This won’t fetch you any money. This won’t fetch you any popularity. This won’t build an effective reader base. Your readers wouldn’t know what kind of writer you are. When they come to your blog, they wouldn’t know what to look forward to. Don’t you think you are doing rubbish?
Me: Stop that Mr. Ribo. Don’t you think you are going overboard?
Ribo: No. Not at all. Why the hell aren’t you answering my question yet?
Me: See, I actually thought about it. I tried to stick to one thing. But I couldn’t. Basically I don’t work that way. Like many human beings. Different things motivate me. Different things move me. So I do want to write about different things, different people, on different subjects.
Ribo: Oh. Come on. Stop that shit. I think you don’t know what’s your vision.
Me: My long term vision is to make an impact in someone’s life through my writing. My short term vision is to connect with my readers by writing good stories/posts. That’s it. I am doing a decent job at that. Few people are liking what I write and engaging with me. That’s all I need at the moment.
Ribo: Yeah, I see that. But anyways what you are doing will lead you nowhere.
Me: See Ribo, I do care about your views, but I disagree with them. I believe all this will lead to something bigger. I do not see the end now. But I am confident that this would help in the long run.
Ribo: I don’t think so. I think you should start focussing on one topic and write about it. Otherwise better quit writing.
Me: Quit writing? What do you think? I will quit that easily. Maybe there will be some off days. But I promise I won’t quit.
Ribo: Then, change your direction. I really don’t like your direction.
Me: No. Sorry. I won’t. I really like what I am doing. And I will continue doing that.
Ribo: [Having lost on ideas] You are a tough nut to crack, you idiot.
Me: Yeah. I told you. Whenever you are blocking me, I will write about you.
Ribo: I see. You have written many posts about me.
Me: Yeah. If that helps other writers, I am not so sure. But it’s helping me for sure.
Ribo: Oh come on. You are going to make me jobless. No. No. No. What am I saying? I will try to come up with more innovative ideas to keep you off writing.
Me: Try your luck. In fact, every time you block me, I am writing about you and I get a feeling that I am getting stronger by the day. I feel much better now. In fact, I feel much more clearer in my vision.
Ribo: That sucks. I will try to break you, buddy.
Me: I will sign off with one of the quotes that I wrote.
You can beat the shit out of me, bring me down to my knees, but I promise I will rise again. Better and stronger.
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