The 11 Stages Of Battling Writer's Block, As Told By Michael Scott

The 11 Stages Of Battling Writer's Block, As Told By Michael Scott

When you feel like you're the only one stuck, Michael Scott is right there with you.

Being a writer means it's impossible to stay away from writer's block. It's all a part of the writing journey, and fortunately, you're not alone since everyone goes through it. Michael Scott from "The Office" is no exception to the procrastination part of the writer's block cycle, so here are the 11 stages of having writer's block as told by the one and only Michael Scott.

1. Avoiding writing as long as possible will make it go away.

As long as I'm not focusing on it, it doesn't exist. I can start in a few more hours. I know I'll have something by then. Tapping on a mug does sound a lot better than trying to come up with ideas anyway.

2. Maybe staring at the computer screen will inspire me.

Yeah, I should definitely write my piece on computer screens. Someone out there in the world will love it, so it wouldn't hurt to try.

3. Writing a list of ideas never hurt. It could help.

Not all hope is lost because brainstorming could get me somewhere, at least hopefully. Part of me thinks I'll think of something, but a bigger part of me knows this is going nowhere.

4. Wait, I actually have an idea.

So this wasn't a lost cause! I can actually stick with an idea and run with it! Looks like I've finally got my piece ready to go.

5. Scratch that; I'm using a different topic.

Well, now that I have an idea, a million more are suddenly appearing. I'll just change my piece for the fifth time. No harm!

6. I can't look at the clock without screaming.

I shouldn't have been tapping on a mug all day because I'm almost out of time. I have to literally look away from the clock so I forget how little time I have. I'm losing my train of thought, and this topic wasn't anywhere as promising as I thought it would be originally.

7. I don't know what I'm writing, but I'm writing something.

I'm trying, I promise. But this is a terrible topic, the clock's almost about to hit deadline time, and I seriously have no idea how to properly phrase my thoughts.

8. This is the worst thing I've ever written —

I've never read anything worse in my life. That's it.

9. But I'll use it anyway.

Okay, so it's not as bad as I thought it was. But it's for sure not the best thing in the world. Either way, I'm not going through this whole writer's block thing again, so this is the final work!

10. I can't believe I'm this creative.

I beat writer's block once again. I'm actually that good. I deserve an award or something.

11. Oh look, another writing assignment. I can feel the writer's block already.

Again? Looks like it's time to pop out the mug and start tapping again because I know I'm out of ideas already.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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The Lack Of Attention For My Studies & Abilities Makes Me Feel Insignificant

How being number two feels to me.


When you think of the youngest in the house, you often think of them being the center of attention. People think of Mom and Dad loving the youngest the most, giving them the most attention, and even telling the older sibling, "Why can't you be more like your little brother/sister?" That is the question that any sibling would hate to hear and unfortunately for me, it was the case a number of times.

The reason why I have had that question asked to me throughout my life is because if you erase all the good that I have brought upon myself and others, the only thing people remember me by are all the times I have made a mistake or hurt someone in some way. Growing up with an older sibling didn't make things easier as he was the overwhelming favorite. He had it all (and still does): the attitude, how mature he was, the intelligence, the respect, and the profound authority over me. To top it off, he was given a talent that he was able to take and build upon throughout his whole life. How can anyone compete with that?

While I personally don't believe writing and speaking are my natural talents, people sure do act like they are; however, there are two things wrong with that. Firstly, I have never considered writing a talent. I have always considered it a skill and ability that you need to do in order to make it through school and college. Being good at it is a bonus. The same goes for speaking. People may consider having a soothing, rhythmical, or powerful speaking voice a talent, but it's not when you think about it. People speak the way they speak and if a place of business in that field of communication believes their voice is professional enough, a career can come with it.

The second and biggest problem with it is that area of wisdom and strength seems to be the only way I have ever been able to be successful in. What I mean by that is people have never trusted me with anything except for writing. For example, when I first started college, I did not have good grades in anything except for English and writing classes. The support I got from my peers and sometimes even my parents appeared to be, "He'll be fine. He can write well." Never minding the fact that I barely passed all my other classes, the fact that I was proficient in English and writing seemed to be the only area of concern that people had for me.

Here's the case: sometimes people get overshadowed by others that get more love and, in most cases, do what you are good at better than you. My older brother has gotten all the attention and the credit over the years. What bothers me most about it is that he never took writing seriously and it was not his passion, but his writing was a hell of a lot better than mine. Years would go by where his art and his writing would win him attention and some prizes. He made it to an art school where his work was compared to Da Vinci by a professor and excelled in his work. Today, he lives on his own with a job in his study. Meanwhile, I was in community college with a small job as an editor in my school's paper and no one was paying attention. That is what has happened to me: I have been overshadowed.

All I ever did was build myself around my ability to write. Does anyone know that in my two and a half years at Lakeland Community College, there was not one professor that did not at least enjoy my writing? Did you know that I won rookie columnist of the year at Lakeland in 2015? Did you know that I replaced a beat writer's position at Lakeland because the editor thought my writing was more appropriate than hers? In fact, that person I replaced in the position was so jealous of my writing and of me, that she tried to get me kicked off the paper and we busted her for it. Since I have been going to Cleveland State, this is the closest I have gotten to a job in my major. While my news writing professor thought my work was amateurish, another professor loved my writing. Last semester, I worked in a group with three other people on a final essay project that counted for 90 percent of our final grade. The group agreed that I would type the paper out. The professor personally emailed me telling me she loved my essay so much. She said it was the best in the class and she wanted to save it so she could show it to future students as a model on how to do the essay.

So how does it feel for me to be the youngest? It's something that I have had to deal with and live with my whole life. Constantly having to sit back and watch my older brother become more successful and get all the praise is one of the worst feelings there is. I know that there are people that do appreciate my work, but I often believe that I am doing it for no good. Perhaps this could be a blessing in disguise that I am going unnoticed, but to have some sort of appreciation and acknowledgment given to me means more than you think.

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