WRITER’S BLOCK – or WHY DO WRITERS NEED A WINNOWING TRAY – or WHO NEEDS BES PASCUAL’S MAGIC BILAO?
New writers have one problem that we can also consider as a writer’s DEMON. This monstrous pesky vexation is simply called: WRITER’S BLOCK. One has to EXORCISE this demon in order to be set free from bondage.
And how do you exorcise this demon?
The answer is quite simple. Just like a MANANAWAS, SANTIGUADOR, MAMBABAWI, ARBOLARIO… they use the winnowing tray to triumph over the enemy. Therefore, as a writer, why don’t you use the same tool to overcome your writer’s block?
No, komiks writer-illustrator BES PASCUAL didn’t use the winnowing tray to exorcise his demon, but he used it nevertheless to write MAGIC BILAO in LAGIM KOMIKS in the 60s, which was made into a movie starring APENG DALDAL.
Pero, no, mi compañeros, amigos y colegas… I am not telling you to copy Bes Pascual’s fantasy tale and claim it as your own, but use only the bilao to redeem yourself from the clutch of the writer’s demon. And how do you do this?
Well, look at the image. How many kinds of fruit can you put in a winnowing tray?
A lot. Isn’t it?
Well, you can also do the same with your writer’s block.
You can win over this demon by using CLUSTERING.
The winnowing tray is your topic. The fruits are the related objects that need to be placed in the tray.
Therefore, if your subject is HOSPITAL, place that in the tray. Then, like what the image shows, write every possible things one can see or feel in the hospital. By doing this, it will open doors for you to develop your story.
Simple, but it works. Try it next time when you’re possessed by the demon. This is the best way to exorcise the bastud!