The 10 Stages Of Writer's Block You Have When Writing An Article
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The 10 Stages Of Writer's Block You Have When Writing An Article

What better way to channel your writer's block than write an article about it?

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The 10 Stages Of Writer's Block You Have When Writing An Article
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Ever have those days when you are supposed to write an article and you can't think of anything to write? You knew you would have to write one and that the deadline would arrive, but now it is two hours before you are supposed to submit an article. Instead, you are staring at a blank screen with no ideas whatsoever.

Could you guess who might have this problem? Yes, I have severe writer's block right now. That is why I am going to present you with a list of the several stages that I have experienced the past week trying to think of something to write.

Stage 1: The "whatever" stage

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This is the stage that occurs at the beginning of the week your article is due. Why even bother thinking about what you are going to write yet? You still have a whole week ... right? You will be sure to submit some life-changing article by the end of the week. You just need some time to get your creative juices flowing ...

Stage 2: The "I'll get to it" stage

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This stage probably occurs a day or two after the first stage. You are aware you have an article to write, and the deadline is a little bit closer, but it is still far away enough that you do not have to worry about it — you will get to it, once you come up with an idea!

Stage 3: The "slightly concerned" stage

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By this point, you are more than fully aware that an article is due in a few days. It is not an exigent task, but its deadline is too close for comfort. Maybe you should start thinking of ideas?

Stage 4: The "lightbulb" stage

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You did it! You thought of an amazing idea for an article. This is going to be amazing; it is going to be the most heart wrenching and controversial article of the year. It will be covered all over Facebook! Maybe news outlets will cover its success!

Stage 5: The "now I can relax" stage

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Now that you have an idea, you figure you can relax. When pressed for time, you write your best articles. So you can chill, watch "Pretty Little Liars" and not worry.

Stage 6: The "wait ... it's due tonight" stage

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Whoops ... you waited a bit too long. Now you have to write that super-awesome-newsworthy article by ... tonight.

Stage 7: The "regret" stage

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Now you better start writing that article, but you do not want to. That idea was for an article that was supposed to be the article of the year. If you start it now, there is no way that it will be good enough to make, like, the news. Darn it! This could have been an amazing piece if you had started it earlier. Why do you always procrastinate?

Stage 8: The "panic" stage

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You are not lying to yourself anymore; you are panicking. You now have like what, two hours left to write an article, and you have no idea what to write about. What are you going to do?

Stage 9: The "lightbulb 2.0" stage

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You have an idea! If you are having such bad writer's block, why not write an article about writer's block? Got it! You did it. Now just write it!

Stage 10: The "relief" stage

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You are finally done! You have your article for the week, and now you can relax. Don't go through the same process again, because you know you can only write so many articles about writer's block ...

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