Water your Thoughts: Why is writing so hard?!

You would think that if it is my actual job to write articles every week for the school paper, that I would probably be good at writing. But, alas—- scratch that, who even says alas— that is not quite the case. I didn’t start to enjoy writing until a few years ago, when I began to do it on a regular basis. However, the more articles that I write, the more articles that I edit and the more experiences that I have with articles, the more that I feel my writing is improving. Over time, there has been an improvement in my writing style, but it is nowhere near where I would like the quality of my writing to be.

Figuring out what to write can be just as difficult as the writing itself. As author Neil Gaiman wrote, “being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins”. Everytime I get an article to write, I have no idea how to start. I tend to get a case of writer’s block  and wait a few days before I can even start to think of ideas for an article. This week, somehow, I was actually able to start writing this article early, though.

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