When You Have Writer's Block, The Struggle Is Way Too Real

When You Have Writer's Block, The Struggle Is Way Too Real

Sometimes the words just don't come out.
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If anyone has ever done any type of writing, whether it be professionally, academically or just for fun, you most likely have encountered the one thing all writers hate, the thing we dread more than anything – writer's block. Yes, the drought of relevant ideas or ability to actually form cohesive thoughts that make even a remote amount of sense. I know it’s something I’ve struggled with time and time again. So I figured, why not write about the ability to not be able to write. Ironic, huh?

Writing has never been my strong suit growing up. Math was my thing, my go-to. I always liked writing, but something just didn’t click and I honestly was not very good. Then in freshman year of high school, I had a teacher who changed everything. I can’t tell you what it was, because I don’t even know myself. But something she did just made me fall in love with writing, with the ability to convey meaning and feelings with your words, especially in a way that was actually effective, unlike my previous “writing skills.”

However, as the years have gone by, mostly with me writing for amusement, no matter how much you love writing, or how easy it comes to you, or how many ideas you have, it sometimes is just impossible to combine all those ideas into a direction that is actually relevant.

As I sat down to write my article, I had a list of ideas, all of which are things I have a lot to say about. But no matter how many items are on my list or how many thoughts run through my head, I had that moment where nothing is coming out. You just stare at the screen, fingers on the keys, and wait. And wait. And wait. Patiently waiting for something, anything that will make your fingers hit those keys and actually produce words.

I have to be honest with you. Sometimes, it doesn’t happen. Those words don’t come and next thing you know, it’s 2 hours later and all that’s on the screen is your name.

And it stinks to have the creativity and flow come to a complete halt; to have the inability to use words. Sometimes this leads to less-than-stellar work. Yes, I am guilty of this. Sorry editors. I promise I try.

But the truth is that sometimes you just can’t think of anything. Writer’s block is a real thing. What I’ve come to realize is that even if you can’t think about how to make an idea make any sense, it’s okay. Take a break. Do something you enjoy and then come back to it. Writing should be a joy, not a hassle.

If you’re struggling from the graveyard of ideas that is writer's block, you will overcome, eventually. If you write your stream of thoughts, even if they are completely random, you’re still writing. You’re offering an insight into your thoughts and opinions, your story, which at the end of the day is what writing is about.

It doesn’t always have to be perfect or this perfectly blended concoction of long, eloquent words that majority of people have no idea what they mean. Or complex ideas that someone needs a roadmap to follow. No, no. It can be simple, and real, and authentic. It can be you.

Don’t let writer's block keep you from writing. Let it motivate you, or even be your inspiration. Writing has endless possibilities, you just have to step back sometimes to see them.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

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If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...


1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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