TITLE: The Writers War
By Jean Gebhard
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It is 2:00 a.m., as I sit and stare aimlessly at the blank computer screen in front of me. With the house quiet and free of distractions, I know I must write something, but what. My mind is blank and once again, I stand face to face with the enemy. He taunts me with my feelings of inadequacy and fear, in an effort to force me to retreat. His will is strong, but mine is stronger. This time I will not retreat or surrender. I will stay here until I have written something, whether it be one word or one paragraph, I will write something.
With the battle lines now drawn, I bravely step on to the battlefield. The enemy is swift to attack but stand and fight. My only defense is to write whatever words enter my mind. At first, my fight seems futile but I continue to write. As my words become sentences, I feel the enemy weakening. Not ready to declare victory, I continue to write. Then as my sentences grow to be paragraphs, the enemy is forced to admit his defeat. While victory is sweet, I know I as a writer have only won the battle in a war that will never really end.
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