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The Struggles of Writing

February 10, 2019
By dmcdonald BRONZE, Mobile, Alabama
dmcdonald BRONZE, Mobile, Alabama
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           Why is this so hard? Ugh, I have no idea what to write about! Fighting a dragon? No, that is too fictional. First day of school? Hmmm. Too non-fictional. Um… Come on brain, wake up! This happens every time I try to write something. Especially on Mondays. Mondays are the worst. I have to wake up and go to school. Then do work. And please. Please do not even get me started on homework. Why is homework even a thing?! It is useless! Oooh, I am getting way off track, here. Maybe if I press random keys I will think of something. Gruwiggeuiliegrbckpqplfnx. Hm… Not working. Well, I cannot just skip writing this paper. I mean, I can, but I am not. Ugh, this is impossible… I think. Uh, words. This is not going to end well. The clock is ticking. Why do clocks have to tick? Ticking is annoying. Stop ticking clock! Okay, okay. Calm down and breathe. Deep breaths. This is infuriating. I should try reading. That helps, right?

You are wearing handmade loafers, a silk shirt, and three gold signet rings. Your English has a tinge of Oxford about it, and your nails have the soft sheen of the recently manicured. You are not a waiter. You are our contact Nguyen Xuan, and you have adopted this pathetic disguise to discreetly check for weaponry.

From Artemis Fowl

By Eoin Colfer


 Uuuugh! That did not help either. Think. Think harder. Think harderer! Okay, now I am just getting off track again. Stay focused. Sit up straight, hands on the keyboard, and let your brain do its work. I refuse to give up. Oh, never mind not giving up, this is useless! Why can my brain not do what it is supposed to do?! I could write about… No, that would not work at all. Maybe… Uh… Nope, that would not work either. How about… No, no, no! I do not know what to write! Uuugh. Hey, wait a minute. Maybe I should write about figuring out what to write about. Perfect! Now comes the hard part. I have to write it.

The author's comments:

My name is Dayne. I am in eight grade. When I am not writing my favorite thing to do is read.

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on Sep. 23 2021 at 8:12 am
Dystopiautopia BRONZE, Watkinsville, Georgia
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hey. I get it. you have or have had writer's block. it's ok. I am Natalie, and also in 8th grade. (I'm the author of Thinking Gray)

alexsmith17 said...
on Apr. 22 2021 at 10:59 am
alexsmith17, Plano, Tx, Texas
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This is the most relatable thing I have ever seen.

on Feb. 3 2021 at 8:10 am
lincolndouble, Markham, Ontario
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This is so funny :D You conveyed the train of thought going through writers very well. Did you actually go through the same epiphany at the end as the protagonist, and then write this piece?

20113003 said...
on Dec. 1 2020 at 1:11 pm
20113003, Dearborn, Michigan
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This is reality. Why is it marked fiction?! The writers block is so true.

on Nov. 18 2020 at 3:18 pm
AngryPomerainian64 BRONZE, Orting, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"There's nothing crueler than letting a dream end midway." -Shota Aizawa

This is very true. This about everything that goes through my head while trying to write.

Chantal2021 said...
on Oct. 19 2020 at 8:46 am
Chantal2021, Ewing, New Jersey
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I think everyone can agree that you captured the perfect piece that is so relatable to many people when trying to write any story, essays and, etc.

on Sep. 25 2020 at 5:14 am
merphyljoangel, Vadakara, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Its kind of fun to do the impossible - Walt disney

Going through the same feeling . You are a fantastic writer

on Aug. 14 2020 at 11:38 am
Awsmswim BRONZE, Roanoke, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
Doing not Being

This is a!axing I swear half the time I write I feel like this but I write all the time! shhhhhhiiiiiittttttffffffuuuuuuccccckkkkkk just shut up if you don't like keep to yourself

Demonic3444 said...
on Jun. 5 2020 at 6:21 pm
Demonic3444, Norton, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
My mind is like my internet browser; nineteen open tabs, three of them frozen, and I have no clue where the music is coming from...

That is simply amazeballs and the other day I just wrote a similar piece!

on Apr. 30 2020 at 11:06 am
read4ever BRONZE, Newfields, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
" It is my belief that there are two people in the world: Those who look at clouds and see shapes, and those who look at clouds and see clouds."

So humorous!

on Dec. 8 2019 at 1:54 pm
SheressofPower, Arverne, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Progress, not perfection

I love this. You depict writers block so accurately. For me when I’m not sure how to commence writing, I write about the events taking place around me.

on Jun. 8 2019 at 3:46 pm
Roxanna_Foxe SILVER, Anonymous, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain

Woah, are you a mind reader? Love it! Relatable for every writer. Keep it up!

on Apr. 2 2019 at 11:31 am
Dani_Higareda PLATINUM, Hanahan, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
- Winnie the Pooh

Hilarious! I love it, Dayne. You have a talent for writing! Please keep writing:)

on Feb. 28 2019 at 11:55 am
Hermione-Granger BRONZE, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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Very amazing! This is me whenever I have to write a paper. Very relatable!!!

K1dby said...
on Feb. 26 2019 at 3:29 pm
K1dby, Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"War doesn't prove who is right. Only who is left."

The struggle is real

kgottlob said...
on Feb. 26 2019 at 3:27 pm
kgottlob, Newton, Kansas
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Has your brain been talking to my brain?! :) I loved it, Dayne. Your piece was amusing, creative, and well-written.

sdoggettsps said...
on Feb. 26 2019 at 8:36 am
sdoggettsps, Mobile, Alabama
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Very original...and relatable! It made me laugh - thanks for sharing your thoughts. Great job!

mooresport40 said...
on Feb. 25 2019 at 9:09 pm
mooresport40, Mobile, Alabama
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Very impressive! I enjoyed the way you were able to express yourself. Job well done.

Mckimb said...
on Feb. 25 2019 at 7:35 pm
Mckimb, Mobile, Alabama
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So proud of you Dayne! Love your creative mind!

on Feb. 25 2019 at 5:55 pm
Scootercarrington, Mobile, Alabama
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Very creative and enjoyable to read!