A Bright Canvas, Lifestyle, Musings

My ONE Trick to Get Over the Writer’s Block!

For me my bed is the place to get inspiration. I sit there  under the covers, with my laptop and a notebook to jot down random ideas that go away as soon as they arrive and a snack varying in the range of different flavors of chips or popcorn. Some say chips are unhealthy, but I mean hey, potatoes? they’re gooooood. And if you disagree, I’m sorry we will never be on the same page. Ever. I will eat potatoes in almost all shapes, sizes and method of preparation. Except mashed potatoes, those are a little harder to eat unless they’re with pani-puri. That by the way, is one of my all time favorite Indian recipe. They’re literally little fried bowls of goodness!

So I’m sitting there with a bowl of chips, munching normally at the start and eventually furiously as I shove handfuls in my face because there are no ideas, inspirations or epiphanies that are coming to me. Nothing. Zilch. uggghhhhhhh.

I even try switching to a different snack. Maybe the flavor of your food is associated with your little thinking grey cells and with my salted potato chips I am defying some law of biology or whatever. So I switch snacks to sour glow-worms and other candy. But there’s still no eureka moment.

I browse other blogs that I admire, but its not stuff that inspires me to write my musings and reveries.

So how the heck do I get over this writer’s block?


The first time I distinctly remember getting over it was a moment of pure joy and I had a sense of achievement. I had been sitting there, twiddling my thumbs, looking around at my room trying to think of stuff when a very random word popped in my brain. Coffee. So I’m like well, that’s still more progress I’ve made the past hour, let me just go with it. Okay, so coffee its going to be.

Then I sat there associating the word ‘Coffee’ with other words. Let me give you an example.


What is coffee? cold or warm, energizing, caffeine, brown, earthy-toned, in a mug, bitter, espresso, latte…

Why do people drink coffee? for the energy, um because it tastes good…

Where/in what context is coffee usually drunk? people meet for coffees, or go on coffee dates, i don’t even drink coffee, in winter because people want to warm themselves up, or the exact opposite even?


Then I picked three of my favorites: warm, coffee dates, winter.

And thus came up with one of the very first musings that I was quite happy with. It was simple, but effective. And here’s how I edited it with a photograph and my signature frame.


Here’s another example to guide your grey cells a little bit. The word that was swimming in my brain was – Vodka. But how do I create a musing out of this?


Describe it? clear, alcohol, drunk, tequila, shots?…..

Where/in what context is vodka usually drunk? celebration, happiness, party, when you’re going out, pre-cocktail party, heartbreak….


Then I picked some favorites again: drunk, heartbreak, and clear (it made me think of rain for some reason)

And thus came up with another one of my very first musings! I really did and still do love this one. I felt that it spoke volumes in just 1 sentence! And here’s how I edited this one with a photograph and my signature frame.


So that is my one trick to getting over the writer’s block. Let me break it down into three little steps for you.

  1. If your brain is giving you word(s) that make no sense. Grab them with both hands anyway to get to Step 2. If not just think of a completely random word that could get you going. And if your grey cells are still not budging just google a list of random words. That one is fool-proof!
  2. Describe the word, situation and anything else conventionally or unconventionally associated with it.
  3. Arrange those words in different orders and your brain will now be active enough to fill the missing gaps.


This can of course be expanded to several sentences or a paragraph even!

This method isn’t intuitive or even methodical to be honest. But it really works for me and if you find yourself stuck, give this a try. Maybe it works for you, maybe it doesn’t. But I’d love to hear your opinion on it anyway!

By the way, if you haven’t already, then follow me on Instagram. (@bymv_). Then you can get all my musings right in your feed and you can also show me some love and support haha! And before I wrap this one up, here’s to shameless self promotion! 😉






A Bright Canvas, Lifestyle

Why I Write.

I have a travel notebook, my journal and pens, highlighters, and the likes in several different shades of pink scattered next to me. I’m wearing my favourite pajamas with pandas on the pants and I snuggles up all cosy in my bed with my laptop on my lap.

And I am trying to figure out ONE golden idea as a come back on my blog after I took a break from August since my semester at university started. Let me tell you it has been one demanding semester. And as I sit here curled up after finishing exactly half of my exams I am trying to push away the negative thoughts about the results (as the nervous me is always always worried).


So quickly moving on.


I’ve looked up more than several prompts online and I have tried to write something for them, but it hasn’t felt natural at all. So I promptly dropped those prompts. And I sat here twiddling my thumbs waiting and waiting and waiting. But nothing came to me. No ideas, no inspirations, and no epiphanies. Then, frustrated, I’m like why the hell am I spending this time not studying for the upcoming exams but trying to perfect one come-back post to the blog? Especially when I know that I will not be able to write for a while because of exam prep. Why do I even want to write so bad? Well, the first logical answers my brain supplied me with were: you need a break because you’ve turned into a zombie in the past weeks, and also you are a procrastinator. Then my heart chimed in and said, well you haven’t written a long piece in a while and its about time you do it.


And then it hit me.


It might not be the perfect, golden idea. Perhaps a little bit ironic since I haven’t actually written in months. But it’s me. Its who I am. And thus, a piece of truth deserves to be told.


So why do I write?


If I were to just summarize it: It makes me happy. But that is not doing it justice. See, as a child, I started reading books pretty early. I was fascinated with the fact that these pieces of paper bounded together could hold so much magic (Shout out to Harry Potter) and love and emotions and while curled up in my bed, I could travel to places I had never seen, known or heard about. Lands of fairies and waterfalls of chocolates awaited me within those bounded pages.


As is obvious, devouring books is where it all began.


Then I had this irresistible urge to paint the worlds I had been experiencing myself. As a child I had this little notebook with a hen or something on the cover. It was bright green. (The cover, not the animal). So one day I sat at my little pink desk on the little pink chair with my favourite pencil and wrote whatever came to my mind. When I finished my very first 3 page story I realized that it was already dark outside. Little me was quite proud that evening.


And so the efforts continued.


Until I could fit about 4 – 5 stories in the book since it was quite tiny. But to little me this was an accomplishment. I hugged the book close and placed it on the shelf with all my other favourite books. Every once in a while I’d open it once more and marvel at how I spun these stories.

From my pre-teen to teen years I maintained a diary. I tried to fill it everyday but I wasn’t regular and that was okay by me. The most important point was to write. You see, I had this overwhelming urge to tell stories. From my day, from my imaginations, or from stories I had heard. It didn’t matter where they came from.


It mattered that they were put pen to paper.


All the while, my mom being the rock strong support she is, urged me to keep doing it. And to challenge myself a bit with writing short stories. I must say I never did, but I regret that.

Eventually I filled up several journals of different styles, covers and colors. Towards the end of my teens, I felt this constant urge to write. Scenarios, moments, what-ifs and could be-s floated into my brain mid-class. And some of them were just so good that I had to write them down before they floated away once again. So started my compilation of my little musings. And that, fast forwarded, brings us to today. I have an affinity for words.


While constantly moving around from place to place, with most possessions going missing, my journals were the most fiercely protected items. And the words were the home that never changed.


This urge to tell stories is indescribable. As a person with a naturally (wildly) high level of imagination, I have a lot of scenarios brewing in my brain. Most of them make it to my journal, and now even to my Instagram account (@bymv_), but some get lost before I can save them somewhere. But either way, I crave to string words into sentences that evoke a varying range of emotions.


And thus I write.


Also, I must add, the ‘Write’ button on WordPress which you click for a new post is an endless source of inspiration to me. It makes the butterflies flutter in my tummy, and scour my memory for the best word to describe my emotions.




A Bright Canvas, Book Case Browse, Lifestyle, Series

February: Book Case Browse

If you’re new here, or still unfamiliar with the series then: This is a series in which I recommend and/or review a book that has impacted me.

Feature of the month: Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Ever since I have started reading, I have been fed with mystery/murder books. It started with A-Z Mysteries, followed by Nancy Drew, The Three Investigators and what not and then Agatha Christie, and other novelists. Somehow though, I have always been addicted to Christie novels and nothing else has mattered more. So here, in the third edition of Book Case Browse I will talk about one of the recent ones I’ve read.

Ordeal by Innocence is all about how a man is convicted of a crime, dies in prison and two years later gains a “free pardon” thanks to a Dr. Arthur Calgary. It is a cleverly crafted book and though I personally guessed the killer, I am not sure I would’ve been able to if I hadn’t been reading her books for the longest of time. The way the book is structured is absolutely marvelous and I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

If you have the chance to pick up this, or for that matter any Agatha Christie book (in case you don’t really know her work), then I urge you to do it. 




A Bright Canvas, Lifestyle

Apps I Can’t Live Without

I have never appreciated my 64GB phone until in the recent months. I have had to download apps for several purposes and slowly, some of them have become a staple. So, here are the apps that I need to get me through my day. Without these, I’d be one lost lady:

  1. Social  Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram. I am a humongous pinterest fan and love love love my boards on there. If I may say so myself, that is. I love how it helps me keep so many pictures, links and ideas organized in one little app. Its like Google on a different platform. Ya know what I mean? Facebook and Instagram for personal and A Bright Canvas uses.  
  2. Google Keep – To keep all my thoughts down when I don’t have my absolutely kickass agenda with me. It’s really handy, trust me. 
  3. CamScanner – This one is really helpful when I need to scan and send docs on-the-go or when I am too lazy to power up my scanner. (It makes really crisp and clear scans with the Magic Color option.)
  4. VSCO – The really popular photo editing app, because obviously some photos aren’t a solid 10/10.
  5. Games – Color, Four in a Row, Quiz Up, The Room. Each game is special in its own rights and I enjoy playing each thoroughly. 



A Bright Canvas, Book Case Browse, Lifestyle, Series

January: Book Case Browse

If you’re new here, or still unfamiliar with the series then: This is a series in which I recommend and/or review a book that has impacted me.

Feature of the month: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This well known book has already been read by many, and if you are one of those, then high-five! But if you haven’t read it yet, then you seriously need to leave right now and go get yourself a copy. This timeless classic probes into a lot of what our society still looks like today and, of course, creates a love where there was no hope in the beginning. Elizabeth Bennet, a lady way ahead of her time, finds true love in the “last person” she could think of marrying and the undying love of Mr. Darcy makes most girls swoon and wish for their own. Though written in old English, the sentiments delivered are so beautiful that it is unbelievable. I have read it more than 4 times and still can’t get enough. 😛




A Bright Canvas, Book Case Browse, Lifestyle, Series

Monthly: Book Case Browse

First post of a series in which I will review/recommend book(s) that have piqued my interest and that I loved reading/look forward to read. If you have any suggestions for this series, your input is more than welcome!

Feature of the month: The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez

I just borrowed this book from the local library and I literally picked it up within 5-ish minutes. I had a bus to catch and missing it would mean a solid 30 minutes of wait, so no thank you. What attracted me to this book was the interwoven tale of 5 women who come together “in one of the most dangerous places on earth”. I thoroughly (and I can’t emphasize that enough) enjoyed this book. I don’t know how I can write a lot without giving away a lot of the plot and story, but I can say this much: people change and those changes are beautiful. Rodriguez makes you fall in love with the characters and sometimes the hopelessness of the situation. Although there are bombs going off just two blocks away from this Coffee Shop, so much of importance happens here that it is unbelievable. This book is a tale of sisterhood and love that finds a way and passion and hearts that melt and change. “Five extraordinary women” come together to create this beautiful novel where (almost) everything thrives in the midst of terrorism.

If you can get your hands on this one, please grab it and give it a read.