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Stages of Writer's Block

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As a college student, an English major and an aspiring writer, I have been having enormous struggles with an old foe: writer's block. It's honestly terrible. And because it's the point in the semester when it's unacceptable to not be productive, that's this week's topic. So, without further ado, the stages of writer's block:

1. Thinking you'll be able to do this, no problem[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F10%2F04%2F636111373768937684-1138648590_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=116&h=f06e4502886ad2b2f74a1c88d46b5fbc53ebb0d84b2a434942ba2d5170b18fcf&size=980x&c=2030401831 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F10%252F04%252F636111373768937684-1138648590_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D116%26h%3Df06e4502886ad2b2f74a1c88d46b5fbc53ebb0d84b2a434942ba2d5170b18fcf%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2030401831%22%7D" expand=1]

2. And realizing five minutes in that you've got nothing[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F10%2F04%2F636111374219663170733927722_tumblr_naiw3cOZVY1qf9mevo1_500.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=592&h=7f7d75c6cacb4fe32b02e062a12bb0226483b1dbdad0034c2c0a2f8013138f55&size=980x&c=3582449544 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F10%252F04%252F636111374219663170733927722_tumblr_naiw3cOZVY1qf9mevo1_500.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D592%26h%3D7f7d75c6cacb4fe32b02e062a12bb0226483b1dbdad0034c2c0a2f8013138f55%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3582449544%22%7D" expand=1]

3. Google searching topic ideas

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4. Google searching literally anything else

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5. Making food. Not because you're hungry, but because it's something else to do

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6. Getting up and pacing for what seems like no reason

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7. Writing one sentence and instantly getting rid of it

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8. Preparing for the inevitable all-nighter

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9. Talking to anyone who will listen. About anything[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F10%2F04%2F636111382525204820-558076707_giphy.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=85&h=2b44ff51a71669606ec3fcd8431fb2347027392b3cf56b63d15556d4ac8a5ca0&size=980x&c=2917520448 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F10%252F04%252F636111382525204820-558076707_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D85%26h%3D2b44ff51a71669606ec3fcd8431fb2347027392b3cf56b63d15556d4ac8a5ca0%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2917520448%22%7D" expand=1]

10. Finally getting that stroke-of-genius idea

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