Writer's Block And How To Prevent It

Writer's Block And How To Prevent It

Cranking out even the most random words could result in an idea which could eventually turn into an A+ on an essay, or even a best selling novel.

Recently, I have found myself trapped in an unfortunate state of mind commonly known as writer's block. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, "writer's block" can be defined as, a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece. However, writer's block can take many paths and varies from person to person. At one point or another, every writer, and person for that matter, has experienced some form of writer's block. This virus consumes its victims and leaves them feeling lost and empty-headed. Once it arrives it takes it's precious time and does not typically make a quick exit.

Personally, I know that I have been affected by writer's block multiple times in my life. Whether it be sitting at my desk staring at a blank computer screen or cuddled up in blankets staring at a blank piece of paper, I have had instances where I just could not find something to write about. I longed for a sudden idea to pop into my head to get my creative juices flowing so I could crank some words onto a page.

Unfortunately, it is not that easy. it takes brain power and motivation to even conjure up an idea to consider writing about. Throughout my many experiences with this deplorable phenomena, I have been able to find ways to not cure, but treat my writer's block. In today's day and age, there are many ways in which one could stumble upon a topic in which one could write about.

For example, in my experience, one of the most effective ways to beat, or treat writer's block is to get words out. Cranking out even the most random words could result in an idea which could eventually turn into an A+ on an essay, or even a best selling novel. Allowing your stream of consciousness to flow from your brain out onto a piece of paper or a computer screen can result in a very successful piece of writing. Many of my greatest works of literature have begun through words I have gotten out in this manner.

Another tactic that could get someone a million dollar idea is to write while listening to music. Many people envision situations and stories when they are listening to music Jotting down what is going on in your brain while listening to these songs could lead to a flow of ideas. Although, if your mind still ends up going blank, you could try to write a story to go along with the lyrics of the said song that you are listening to. Or, if you are listening to instrumentals or classical you could describe how the music makes you feel.

Finally, if all else fails, look up writing prompts on the internet. Sure, these prompts have been misused and overused but with your own unique experiences and ideals, it is easy to take somebody else's ideas to make them your own. There are all kinds of prompts out on the internet corresponding to any genre you could possibly want to write about. You can find anything from horror or realistic fiction to news prompts.

Having this pinch of thought and imagination could be mixed together to create the perfect treatment for writer's block. Gaining access to other people’s ideas is a great because it allows you to see points of view other than your own. As long as you do not plagiarize, of course, it is an amazing way to start writing.

Writer's block is without a doubt one of the worst things, besides a computer dying, or a trusty journal going missing, that could ever happen to a writer. Do not let the virus consume you. The best way to beat writer's block is to write, and to keep writing even when it seems like you are getting nowhere. Use other people, your past experiences and the internet as your guides to creating successful pieces of writing. If you contribute enough work and effort, writer's block will never win and maybe could eventually be cured.

In the end, if nothing else comes to mind, just write about the epidemic of writer's block and how you don't know what to write about. It worked for me! Best of luck and happy writing!

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The 7 Best Pieces of Drag Race Lingo Ru-vealed

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Season Three of "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars" just wrapped last week, but season 10 of Drag Race is scheduled to premiere on March 22nd. You might’ve turned on your TV and thought, “what the heck are they talking about?”. Some of the lingo is confusing and unclear, so here’s a guide to just some of the key catchphrases.

1. The library/Being read

The name of the mini challenge is “Reading is Fundamental, in which queens take turns reading each other. When it’s their turn, they “enter the library”, which just means putting on goofy glasses. Reading is pretty much pointing out flaws but in a funny or over the top way.

2. Shade

Throwing shade is similar to reading someone, but I think of shade as usually more blunt, insulting and less clever.

3. Tea

Derives from the letter “T” standing for truth. Tea refers to gossip, news or information. Commonly used in the sense of “So, what’s the tea?”, which means “girl, what’s the gossip?”. It’s commonly combined with shade, as someone might say “No, tea, no shade, but…” which is a preface saying “no disrespect”. Conversely, someone might say “all tea, all shade” meaning that they know exactly how they sound and don’t care if you’re offended.

4. Fish

A queen is said to be looking fishy/serving fish when they closely resemble a woman. Some of the fishiest queens include Tatianna, Courtney Act, and Farrah Moan.

5. Back Rolls

An insult used in season 5 when Jade Jolie told Alyssa Edwards: “Girl, you had rolls all over the place in the back, it was disgusting!” To which Alyssa responded

6. Snatch Game

A parody of the 1960’s celebrity game show “The Match Game”. On the original show, contestants write in answers to questions, hoping to match the guest judge. Snatch Game operates in the same way, but the contestants have to impersonate a celebrity. This is a challenge that has taken place every season since the second one, and it’s probably the most highly anticipated. This is one of the challenges that really establishes the top queens, as they’re judged based off of likeness and humor. Celebrities that have been impersonated range from Dame Maggie Smith to Britney Spears, Judge Judy, Anna Nicole Smith, and even RuPaul.

7. Comedy vs. Pageant Queens

This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Some queens are more specialized in makeup, costumes, and overall pageantry. Others are more campy and over the top. Comedy queens are usually stronger in acting or comedy challenges, but pageant queens have the upper hand in design focused challenges.

So there ya have it, a short list of Drag Race terminology. I RuPaulogize if you got a little lost somewhere, but if you managed to make it through this article….


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If The 12 Zodiac Signs Were Portrayed By 6-Second Vines

"It is Wednesday, my dudes." - Leo

So here's my third Vine article, and I wanted to do another one because it gives me an excuse to watch Vine compilations all day! So here it is, zodiac signs as Vines. I hope it makes you laugh as much as I did!

1. Aries

Aries are known for standing up for what they believe in, just like this woman!

2. Taurus

Tauruses are big on security and getting their job done, just like these cops are doing with a little bit more fun!

3. Gemini

Geminis are very fun-loving and all about communication!

4. Cancer

Cancers are very in touch with their feelings. If only they could have helped this pigeon :(

5. Leo

Leos are all about self-expression, and that's all I have to say about this one.

6. Virgo

One of Virgos' traits is attention to detail! This guy seems to have that.

7. Libra

Libras are incredibly charming and romantic. This one screams romance!

8. Scorpio

Scorpios are very intuitive.

9. Sagittarius

Sagittarius signs are very big-hearted and know what people need, like maybe some milk.

10. Capricorn

Capricorns are known for their patience in dealing with things.

11. Aquarius

Aquariuses are very friendly, and they want to make other people smile!

12. Pisces

Pisces can be very sensitive, so do not disrespect them!

I hope you enjoyed and have a fantastic week!

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