Writer's Block Syndrome
Amit, Age 12, Zimbabwe
For all of you who donít know me, I am one of those people, who experience writerís block quite often. I really try but once again, itís that time of the month! Note how I said month, and not year or anything as close to that! To be honest, I could write a whole book with a dozen sequels about writerís block! Iíve had writerís block so many times, and it lasts for about a month or two!

I spend hours looking for ideas, and my longest so far has been three and a half hours! Obviously I was thinking about different topics and going through ideas. But now, when I think about it, all those different topics I thought of could have become great stories! Even if it was about cabbage, carrot cake, or maybe even a video game.

Believe meÖyou are not normal if you havenít or will never have writers block! I take writer's block way more seriously than other people! I can write one sentence, if someone wants me to, but it will stink! Or it will just be a really long run-on. Itís sort of funny. When we have activities and the teacher asks us to write a sentence or two, the teacher or the students say, ďYou hear that, Amit, a sentence, not two paragraphs.Ē It doesnít really annoy me, but they do have a point.

If I wanted to, I could really be descriptive. I love writing almost always, but have you ever felt like you just donít want to write? Even if you donít have writerís block? Sometimes to get rid of that feeling, I force myself to write, just to get rid of it. You never know, you might make a brilliant story out of that! But at the same time, thatís what makes me have writerís block sometimes! I can write loads of things right now, but they wonít be good. I have actually thought about it, and I have figured out that writerís block isnít about writing a bad story! It is, but itís not only about that. It is also about being afraid to write something that will be bad in your opinion! Or maybe you like it, but you are scared your friend wonít, or your teacher wonít, or everyone might make fun of you. This is an example of something I can do in seconds; that is why it is useless. For something to be good, it has to come from deep inside and a lot of thought needs to go into it:

Oh, the manís hat was a beautiful sort of coffee color, with a hint of milk and a dash of cream on the side. The color was just so amazing, like a very rich kind of coffee. It looked like all the kids in my class mixed into one color. It was so beautiful and wonderful. If only I had a hat with such an appealing color, I would wear it every single day of my life!

Of course that was a description done off the cuff, but if you want, I could extend it and write much more, like this:

Oh, the manís hat was a beautiful sort of coffee color, with a hint of milk and a dash of cream on the side. The color was just so amazing, and it was like a very rich kind of coffee. It looked like all the kids in my class mixed into one color. It was so beautiful and wonderful. If only I had a hat with such an appealing color, I would wear it every single day of my life! I just canít stop thinking about that beautiful coffee color; it was amazing. It looked like it tasted, as wonderful as the coffee I had last week in Cafť Gregís! Oh Cafť Gregís, one of the most delicious places in the world; they have the best garlic bread and salad. If there is one place you want to go, it is Cafť Gregís. It is the best restaurant, I mean cafť, in the world!

When I was about four and a half years old, I wrote a book. It didnít make any sense, but whatís good about being a small kid is that if you donít know how to write with emotion or seriously yet, you canít really experience writerís block! Also, when you donít know about writerís block, how do you expect to have it?

Writing lets me express my feelings. It enables me to jot down whatever I feel! If I am mad, I write stories of anger, or just write that I am mad. If I am happy, I write happy stories. It lets me express myself just like music and art do, but they are each unique in their own way.

I have tried to get rid of writerís block, but itís just like a disease! Donít you think there should be a doctor for writerís block? I mean, you think and thinkÖfor two months youíre thinking! And all of a sudden you have an idea! Iím not really the type of person who would say this, but maybe writerís block gives you a break! Maybe notÖ?
Itís annoying when you are trying to write something, and you just canít write anything, not even the slightest, tiniest, littlest and easiest poem in the world. I could just throw something together, but it wouldnít be my best. For example I could do this:

G lorious
I ncredible
G listening
G rins
L augh
E xuberant


Well, now you know my story of writerís block. You know how I complain, but to be honest, while I was writing this, I thought I had writerís block, until I realized what I had written!
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