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Balance creativity

News Writer | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

As a fiction writer, I disappear into the other worlds of my own creation and let the characters tell me their stories on a daily basis. I started seriously writing in sixth grade and ever since high school, I have found science class to always be the best time to guarantee quality-writing time. But I routinely suffer from writer’s block. This year I am afraid it may get even worse, especially since I have my science requirements out of the way. My characters have stopped talking to me no matter how hard I try to listen.
I can set aside however much time I want in order to write, it just doesn’t happen. You can’t schedule creativity time. I look forward to a time when the words rush down my arm, through my fingers and into my favorite purple pen to finally get the stories onto paper. But at the same time, the creative part of my brain doesn’t respond to demands.
Last semester, my writer’s block disappeared two weeks before finals and I spent three days locked up in my room with my friends forcing me to take breaks in order to eat. They endured my squeals and shrieks as a fabulous new thought appeared in my head and luckily I didn’t have a roommate because I didn’t sleep all weekend. I was happy. But my writer’s block reappeared in time for me to focus on my exams.
I wish I could tell my brain to imagine great things on demand because having a well-balanced creative and academic life would probably do loads towards my general well-being. But as it is, I suffer from a common college student “problem”. School just sometimes gets in the way.