Why Writer's Block Is So Dang Annoying

Why Writer's Block Is So Dang Annoying

The most annoying thing about having writer’s block is that it’s not all bad.
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We’ve all been there -- a deadline for a paper is fast approaching, but no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get through your writer’s block make a coherent thought come out of your brain. Maybe you have no ideas at all, or maybe you have so many that they are all getting jumbled up together. There’s a thin line between these two ends of the spectrum. Good ideas worth exploring don’t come around often for me, so when they do it frustrates me to no end if I can’t get them out on paper the way I want to. The most annoying thing about having writer’s block, however, is that it’s not all bad.

The worst part about writer’s block having to force ideas out at the times when your brain feels completely empty. Sometimes it’s because I’ve been working hard on so many other things and have no energy leftover. This lack of ideas makes me feel empty and frustrated at myself. I feel exhausted from all the fruitless effort that I’ve put into my work, making me want to give up altogether. However, having a clear mind is sometimes also one of the best feelings. Also, working so hard to come with ideas allows me to find new depths to my creativity that I didn’t know I had, as well as achieve a new level of perseverance.

In contrast, having too many ideas in my head is almost just as bad. My thoughts get so jumbled up that it becomes difficult to even just list them on paper because I can’t tell where one ends and another begins. After forcing ideas out over a prolonged period of time, I’ll start to lose confidence in my work after having spent so many hours looking at it. A positive thing about this, though, is that it encourages me to reach out to me peers or other writers who provide me with a fresh perspective. I’ve made great connections with people by sharing my writing, and returning the favor when they need another pair of eyes to read theirs.

In short, writer’s block is a double-edged sword in the sense that it is insanely frustrating, but also a fantastic learning opportunity. One minute, I feel worthless when I can’t get any work done. The next, I am super proud of myself for overcoming a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. I may complain about my writer’s block during the hardest times, but the unavoidable truth is that it makes the best times feel so much better.

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10 Questions I Have For The "Busy" People Who Don't Have A Job In College

How can your parents keep funneling you money, no questions asked?
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College is a rough time for most people. It's fast, stressful, and most of the time you're not really sure what's going on. While college gets the best of all of us, there is a select group of people that seem to complain the most about school, AND THEY DON'T HAVE JOBS.

Here are 10 questions I have for people who don't have a job in college.

1. How are you so "busy?"

ALL YOU DO IS GO TO CLASS.

2. How do you keep going out and going shopping?

How do you have money? Does it fall from the sky only for you?

3. How can you pretend money isn't an issue?

If you don't have a job, how are you paying for your loans and books and food and rent? Oh, your parents pay your bills? Must be nice.

4. How can your parents keep funneling you money, no questions asked?

How do they not ask where all of your money is going? You bought Uggs last week and now you're buying a $70 eye shadow pallet you'll only use twice. Is your dad Donald Trump??

5. How do you expect to be employed after graduation?

You don't have any work experience AT ALL.

6. What do you do with your free time?

Do you skydive? Take up dog photography? Your possibilities are endless.

7. Do you actually get eight hours of sleep every night?

Really though, is that real?

8. Why don't you have a job?

Don't you get bored, just "doing homework" all the time?

9. Do you plan on getting a job?

Or do you plan on draining your parents' savings completely?

10. Are you actually going to be a functioning member of society after college or are you banking on marrying rich?

It's an honest question, I'm dying to know.

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7 Spooky Things That You Had To Endure This Halloween

Halloween is over but the spook is not.

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Halloween marks the first major holiday of the fall and it never fails to get everyone excited. Everyone prepares for spooky season in a different way. Some dedicate all of their time to costumes, others to decorations, and some to baking. The part we forget, however, is the true spookiness we only realize after the season is over. We love to trick or treat but sometimes making it to Halloween is the hardest part. Here are a few things you probably survived this Halloween:

Pulling together a costume last minute

With classes and work there is no way you put a lot of thought into your costume. The party you're supposed to go to is in 2 hours and you have no costume. All of your friends have fun and creative costumes and you are struggling to decide between a grocery store costume and a failed DIY. That's as spooky as it gets

Deciding what candy to buy with your last $5

Let's admit it, you're broke. You want to get spooky with everyone else and decorate your home with candy (for you). The problem is, you can't decide whether to spend your last $5 on a bag of assorted candy or 1/5 of a tank of gas.

Celebrating Halloween WAY too early 

We can all get excited for the spookiest season of the year. Maybe you and your friends decided to jump the gun and celebrate a week in advance. The trouble is, now you are all out out Halloween energy and it is October 31st.

Experiencing anxiety about not yet being able to listen to Christmas music

Everyone knows that listening to Christmas music before Halloween is strictly prohibited. Listening to Christmas music during the purgatory period of Halloween-Thanksgiving is generally accepted. It is almost overwhelming how hard it can be not to listen to All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Getting rude comments on your costume

As women, you can get seriously criticized for your costume. Either it's to revealing or not revealing enough. For men, they can often be called too unoriginal for their costumes. How about we just appreciate the effort and move along?

Finding someone with the same costume 

So maybe your costume finally came together. You are wearing something semi-original and you see someone in the exact same thing. You will absolutely have to avoid this person for fear of getting mistaken for being part of a group costume.

Not having pockets to hold your house key

The greatest struggle is getting completely ready and realizing that there are no pockets for your keys. You can't possibly modify your costume in any way but it isn't a safe time of year to leave your door unlocked. The eternal struggle (of the night) has begun.

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