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Topic: Inspiration/Block (for the writer) (05/20/10)
TITLE: Stuck Week
By Sara Harricharan
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I chould’ve written something.
Instead, I folded two sets of laundry, dusted and mopped floors.
This is not working.
I should be able to write something. I did three different things that I usually don’t think about, maybe I broke a mental barrier somewhere!
Went out and about.
There was nothing interesting anywhere. People-watching was so boring. I’d hoped it would break this stupid block.
Back to the house.
I really should write something.
This is so unfair! Other writer’s don’t have this half as bad as I do! Ay, yi, yi! This is giving me a headache…I should um…jumpstart something. Yeah! I’ll jumpstart something….
Man…it’s almost to the weekend. I’m gonna be so busy it’s ridiculous! Why can’t I write something decent now? I hate writing papers! I hate deadlines.
I really should write something. I have the perfect atmosphere and the timing is just right, no sun-glare through the bedroom window.
Why can’t I get this ‘write’?
I think I’ll ask Mom…maybe she has an idea.
Okay…scratch that. Mom has no good ideas. I couldn’t possibly write a paper about writing a paper…or writer’s block. That’d be stupid, right? Never mind, it’s a headache to think about to begin with.
Maybe I can ask Dad.
Okay…scratch any other brilliant ideas involving family members. Dad thinks I should work. Huh. I guess cleaning my room, the kitchen and all those extra farm chores don’t count. But a clean room means a clean mind and a clean mind probably leads up to a nice calm writing mood.
So totally possible! I can keep cleaning…I just have to find the vacuum first and oh wow…I forgot that show was on…is that the season finale? Oh man…I can’t miss that…
I should’ve skipped it. I could’ve been writing. I wasted a whole two hours to witness a predictable ending. Something is seriously wrong with me. I have too much to do.
Stupid final paper. Stupid non-existent topic.
How on earth am I supposed to be able to think logically and write coherently? I wanna bite something!
This is really bad. It’s due like, the day after tomorrow. I am so gonna get owned. Stupid paper, why can’t I focus?
Maybe I can google brainstorm for solutions. Yeah! That’s a good search.
How many millions…?
How about I just…oh, that’s a good one. Read a book backwards. That shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve got lots of books and I know them well enough that if I read it backwards, it shouldn’t be…
Man! This makes me dizzy…none of it makes sense and I’ve read these books a billion times! Argggh!
Oooh, wait! I can read manga*! Those are read left to right…so, technically, I’d be reading them backwards and if there was a really good story. I might get a really good idea for my paper.
I shouldn’t have read all three-hundred and fifty-nine issues…oh man. Paper due tomorrow. I have way too much to do tomorrow.
It was such a good story!
If it were mine I’d tweak it a little, you know? Give the guy a secondary purpose and oh, I get it. That’s what this pointless paper is about. I can make up my own topic with something having a second…implied meaning?
Lovely. I’m thinking myself in circles again.
Can’t be helped.
MY PAPER IS DUE!
I have an hour…a whole…entire…hour.
I can do this.
I really should be able to write something.
There is nothing left to be done. I’ve watched enough tv, read enough everything…good grief, I even cleaned up around this place…
Note to self: scrubbing toilets does zip for the inspiration and too gross for imagination. I keep seeing the monster-villains from yesterday popping up through the sewer systems.
Modern plumbing. I bet…psychological effects…that’s a good angle. I could use a topic with…YEAH! This is gonna be a good paper!
I’m done and even with time to spare.
Boy, am I tired.
Fifteen minutes to midnight for uploading my final paper. Done.
Aw man! It’s midnight.
I’m exhausted…and I really wanna write! So much happening in my head, I can see all these stories taking shape—gah! Even a poem in there! Now that’s scary…
Too many words. Why couldn’t this have happened on Monday?
*manga = Japanese version of a comic book
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