Editor’s Corner: A case of writer’s block Reply

Natalie Kfoury – Co-Editor-in-Chief

To be completely honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to write here. I systematically deleted each idea that came into my head. What I was left with was a huge case of writ­er’s block and a fast-approaching deadline.

I typically know exactly what to write, how to present it, and have no problem with getting it done. This time, I am at a loss for words and I have no idea what the problem is.

Maybe the problem is there isn’t any­thing seasonal to cover. Valentine’s Day just passed, spring break and St. Patrick’s Day are too far away, and I really don’t have anything to say about International Sword Swallowers Day (February 23), Spa Day USA (February 26), or National Chili Day (February 28).

I could blame the general winter grind. After a while, the cold weather gets old, the bitter winds get annoying, and even the promise of going ice skating, skiing, drink­ing hot chocolate, or wearing my favorite sweater can’t spur me to be excited about this season. There is a definite lull in activ­ity, inspiration, and willingness to do any­thing when winter becomes annoying.

I can blame the stress that I am under due to classes, which is not fair because all college students face stress. Technically, it’s my fault that I am juggling two majors, a minor, two jobs, and countless responsi­bilities. Am I crazy? Probably, but I like the challenges, even if they leave me without ideas for a column.

Consider this a lesson in carrying on, a testament to not giving up when things get rough, boring, and stressful.

I said I like challenges and, continuing with my honesty, writing this is a challenge. I do not like to accept defeat or failure, so I knew that I had to come up with something. Maybe we can take my writer’s block and use it as a metaphor for college, work, or whatever is hard and stressful in life.

When we face obstacles and aspects that seem nearly impossible, we are re­sponsible for either dealing with them and learning from the experience, or sim­ply giving up. Giving up seems easy; there are no strings attached like there are with responsibilities, so why try harder if the obstacles will only grow?

How can we improve if we just give up? How can we grow, learn more, and become better individuals if we just stop when we face an obstacle? Instead of giv­ing up, face the challenges and defeat them, even if it takes a while.

I really had no idea where this column would go. Believe me, I wanted to give up and to put this off for as long as possible. In doing so, I would have been defeated and I would not have been given the lesson in improvising and enduring. Like all ob­stacles, writer’s block is an annoyance that can be learned from. Make the most out of challenging situations, even if it’s 500 words within a college newspaper.

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