Thursday, January 04, 2007

Bitter coffee and cigarettes

I like the taste of sugarless coffee, I like the way bitter coffee tastes, the way it makes me feel, the way you can channel that bitterness into something creative to write, I never drink mocha frappes when i’m trying to write, and although I haven’t been doing that lately, I did get to do some writing today, and only when I had my cup of plunger coffee with skimmed milk did I get to writing.

Some people think I only write depressing stuff, I’m not so sure that I only write depressing stuff, but I do think the better stuff I wrote was more depressing than the normal/less depressing stuff I wrote

I have a healthy imagination, not superstar caliber yet, but the older I get the better I become (I think so)


Now coffee aside

You never understand writers block until you get it, I never sympathized with blocked writers and I don’t expect sympathy from non-writers.

The way I deal with it is that I write about anything and everything, like what I’m doing now, to grease/ oil the machine, maybe if you write long enough this will steer you in the right direction, and maybe just maybe you will have something worth writing.

Having time helps though, being distracted with normal everyday stuff is a sure way to stop writing.

I tried a lot of things to get me to write, some songs help, particularly K’s choice songs, and out of all their songs “in your room” does miracles to me.

One more thing I tried and am happy to report that it has worked is scribbling incoherent random shapes on a piece of paper, and repeating that shape over and over (for example a half circle) and connecting those half circles with each other, I take a step back and look at the shape and sometimes I see something in that end result drawing that inspires me to write.

Anyway good luck with what you are doing in 2007

17 comments:

SaRaH said...

Hi Karim how you doing buddy.. I do know the feeling when you are full of things to say and when you sit down to write them nothing comes out it is very tiring. I do nt think your writings are depressing I like them actually. Enjoy your bitter coffee and ciggies. Hoping you have a happy 2007.

Juka said...

Welcome back.. long time no posts.. then an avalanche :) been reading for over an hour now. I love the randomness of it all.

KareemFromEgypt said...

S: thanks, i'm glad you like my writings, i gotta say i enjoy them bardo :p
no seriously, i like what you write too, plus we share a liking for coffee and ciggies :)
how's the new year going for you? any changes?

Juka: avalanche :) i like to call it "ess-hal fekry" but you are right, again do i know you juka? cuz you seem to know fahd quite well. or do you prefer to remain anonymous? i know you write a lot too. and i skip one week to find over 7 posts to read, i don't think i have commented at your blog before though.

the cramp twins said...

Luci:
nice posts... I can relate to most of them... you remind me of someone..and I know what you mean with this writers block thing... I know that I'm still no prfessional but I write all the time and I know how it feels like when you don't have something worth writing... or you might but have no idea where to start... anyways good luck :)

Alluring said...

Hey koko, welcome back!!

I know i'm late, but its kinda difficult to keep track between your time off an your time on :P

Any how, hope you had a wonderful new year, and my this year be better than the last.

raghoooda said...

no new till now ? is koki now in a state of "imsak fekry" :P

KareemFromEgypt said...

luci: Who do i remind you of??

even professionals get writers block too, and the only way you can become one of the pro's is by writing a lot. if you practice it more it will come more naturally :)

LoLo: LOLOOOooooOOO!!!!! enty fein???

the second half of 2006 was quite good for me ( you can probably tell by the way the quality of what i write went down :) and while every one complains of a crappy 2006 i think mine was pretty equally divided into a sour part and a sweet part. happy new year to you to lolo

Raghood: :) nope not just imsak fekry, i'm busy lel asaf, the weird thing is that i usually get more ideas and theories when i'm in the bathroom and preparing to take a shower.

Juka said...

:) I am not sure if we've ever met. I know Fahad from one of those university Model European Union conferences. It was a blast! I have not seen him in ages though.. does he ever come here on vacation??!! Last I heard was his new year salutations :D very Fahad. No, don't believe you've ever graced my blog with a comment.

KareemFromEgypt said...

i remember fahd doing those model conferences, he came to Egypt once on vacation in 2005, i am hoping to convince him to come soon again, actually if the asshole and his bitch fiancee break off the engagement before march then he owes me a trip here :) kinda cruel i know but we couldn't resist.
I only met 2 gals from the model thingy fahd was in, i don't remember the second girls name though, do you know a yasmina?? small petite girl keda, i remember her and a friend of hers bas mesh faker the friends name, anyway, any friend of fahd's is a friend of mine, thanks for dropping by juka

the cramp twins said...

Luci:
you remind of a friend of mine... you like girls and everything... you have many girls in your life ;) yet you're not a player.. or that's at least what I feel :)

KareemFromEgypt said...

i'm not. it happened once in college, but my stomach couldn't take it, plus shouldn't we all like girls?

Anonymous said...

ur choice

LouLou said...

Maybe you worry about it too much. I mean, writer's block is for people who have to write for a living & have publishers breathing down their neck.

For us, writing is a release. It's an urge. When you feel it, write. When you don't, why try to force it? Just forget about writing for a while & do other things. It will be back in it's own time.

Mystery said...

3amel eih ya Kareem? How's life? I haven't been here in a while. I'm not in Egypt, by the way :D Check my blog, blog more often and take care!

KareemFromEgypt said...
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KareemFromEgypt said...

Anon: if i'm not mistaken i sent that email that very same day, I hope the Duck is Fine

LouLou: that's exactly what i did, thanks again L for the advice

Mysteria: ana kewayes, you were the one who disappeared that's true, so how's it been going?

Ro7ty fein????
i'm on my way to check your blog as we speak, as for the blog more often thing, i'm not so sure if it's that easy, but we'll see

Anonymous said...

yea it is fine...lil Johnny is fine too.

wala neseeto?