Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Writing Process

Hi friends, so sorry I've been away for a long, long time. Truth is life has just been so up and down the past few months it's been so hard to stay on top of things... blogging included. Another issue? I've got a serious case of writer's block. The best thing about being a writer is that you always have plenty of things to write about, but the worst thing about being a writer is that sometimes you have so much going on that even attempting to write about any of it would result in a mess of words that make absolutely no sense. 

It's even been hard to write before bed, which is something I always do. Maybe it's because this time of year is always hard for me, or there's something going on in my head that I haven't even realized is happening yet (did that make sense). Either way, you guys deserved a post so here it is. 

I'm not the only one who gets writer's block. I remember texting my friends sophomore year of high school (a good six years ago) when huge papers were due in our Honors American Studies class, and bitching about not having anything to say. Or, in this class's case, anything to say that would earn me an A. It was one of those classes where you had to write your teacher's opinion in order to get a good grade, and I almost had a differing opinion than his. Bring on the Bs! I've suffered through college with the same issues, although thankfully I didn't have a TON of papers in college. Anyhow, I've come up with a bunch of ways to break the writer's block throughout the years of struggle... and I've compiled them for you here in an effort to break, well, my writer's block.

The Writer's Technique

The first thing I do when I'm stuck in a rut is read... anything. Literally anything. I'll go on Pinterest and read quotes, grab whatever book happens to be as close to my bed as possible, go to Tumblr and read whatever craziness happens to pop up on my dash. Most of the time I'll find something that inspires me or makes me think and I'll be able to carry on. (Although this really only works when I'm writing blog posts... if I'm working on a school paper, it's straight procrastination.)

I'm notorious for only writing late at night or procrastinating on papers until 11pm the night before they're due. Nothing re-energizes you like a dance party in your room. I'm telling ya, nobody has to know you think you've got moves like Beyonce. Just close your curtains and blast it.

LOL. If these first two steps don't help you to get back on track... you're basically doomed from here on out.

Maybe I'm hungry. Maybe I need some food to refocus and my brain will work better! Just a healthy snack... carrots and celery with hummus or something. Celery and peanut butter! Great idea! Wait, wait. Where the HELL... WHO PUT THESE COOKIES HERE?

Just one cookie.

...Three cookies later...

I could def use some relaxing time. This paper is stressing me out too much. Just one episode of Vampire Diaries on Netflix. I'll make some popcorn and just.. just one episode.

Three hours and three episodes later... It's midnight?! What in the... Okay, time to buckle down.

I have got this.

Oo! Idea!

I always write better when I'm drunk anyways. I'll just double grammar/spellcheck it in the morning.

YAYYYY WINE! Now I'll really kick some ass on this paper/post/whatever.

The wine is not making me tired. The wine is not making me tired. I don't need sleep. I don't need sleep.


Paper is done. When the hell did that happen? Oh well, time to go. Pants.

Coffee. This day sucks already.

It's 10:05am. Paper is due at 10:15am. Walk to class is 15 minutes. Good.

10:14am. **Hands professor paper**

HA TAKE THAT PAPER. I'm a f***ing pro.

Goodnight world.