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Writer's Block

February 16, 2013
By E.J.Mathews GOLD, International Falls, Minnesota
E.J.Mathews GOLD, International Falls, Minnesota
19 articles 2 photos 145 comments

The blank page taunts me. The blinking line on the screen grows impatient. It’s almost as if it’s saying “Have you thought of anything to write yet? How about now? Now?”

My brain has nearly stopped working. I have to write something, I think to myself. It’s only the middle of the story. I know what is going to happen at the end, but what happens next? Who’s even going to read this? Why would anybody be interested in the ramblings of a kid?

I shut my laptop, and flip my notebook closed. Maybe I’ll run out to the highway to get the mail. Nature is inspiring, right? There has to be a piece of the story floating out there somewhere. I leave and then come back. I open up the word processor, and un-cap my good pen. Nothing has changed except for the time in the corner of the screen.

Then I just start typing the first thought that pops into my head. It doesn’t have to be about the main character. I just need to type something. I don’t even look at the screen as my fingers dance on the keys. Pretty soon, I can’t think of anything anymore. I look back at the monitor, and look back at the monitor, and think about what I just wrote. All I did was curse myself out in writing.

I slam the computer shut, and stomp my way out the door and out to the train tracks.

“Think.” I order myself. I hear the train coming.

“Think” I tell myself again. The train isn’t slowing down.

“Come on, think. Think!” I repeat the words to myself. The train is speeding up.

“THINK!” I can see the conductor now, but he can’t see me. I close my eyes.


I open my eyes, and look up at my Biology teacher, then back at my blank writing notebook.

“Got it.”

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This article has 4 comments.

on May. 5 2013 at 2:05 pm
KealliiRaycene BRONZE, Sumter, South Carolina
4 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
So what? All writers are lunatics- Cornelia Funk

You definitely captured the feeling of writer's block perfectly. A while back I read something that said writer's block is just when characters go on strike  You seemed to write what I cannot explain pretty well

holly1999 GOLD said...
on Apr. 1 2013 at 3:14 pm
holly1999 GOLD, Middlesbrough, Other
12 articles 8 photos 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
'There was no need to clarify my finger snap, the implication was clear in the snap itself' - Magnus Bane

I really liked this, you captured lots of emotions and this piece is very relatable. It's well written too - the description is amazing. I especially love the first paragraph. Great job :)

on Feb. 22 2013 at 11:02 pm
Stella_Val_Illicia GOLD, Salt Lake City, Utah
13 articles 0 photos 247 comments

Favorite Quote:
"In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and been widely regarded as a bad idea."
--Douglas Adams

I can totally relate to this piece. You have just put all of my thoughts from every day into writing, and you have done it incredibly well. Great piece!

on Feb. 21 2013 at 10:43 pm
Allicat001 SILVER, Waukesha, Wisconsin
6 articles 0 photos 170 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love is not someone you can live with, love is someone you can't live without."

"Always stand up for what's right even if that means you're standing alone."

This was really good, you captured the emotions of writer's block well and I loved the analogy of the train!  Great job and keep writing!