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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inspiration/Block (for the writer) (05/20/10)

TITLE: Stuck Week
By Sara Harricharan


My watch begged me check how much time I’d wasted.


I chould’ve written something.

Instead, I folded two sets of laundry, dusted and mopped floors.


This is not working.

I should be able to write something. I did three different things that I usually don’t think about, maybe I broke a mental barrier somewhere!

Went out and about.

There was nothing interesting anywhere. People-watching was so boring. I’d hoped it would break this stupid block.


Back to the house.


I really should write something.

This is so unfair! Other writer’s don’t have this half as bad as I do! Ay, yi, yi! This is giving me a headache…I should um…jumpstart something. Yeah! I’ll jumpstart something….


Man…it’s almost to the weekend. I’m gonna be so busy it’s ridiculous! Why can’t I write something decent now? I hate writing papers! I hate deadlines.

I really should write something. I have the perfect atmosphere and the timing is just right, no sun-glare through the bedroom window.

Laptop time!

Why can’t I get this ‘write’?


I think I’ll ask Mom…maybe she has an idea.

Okay…scratch that. Mom has no good ideas. I couldn’t possibly write a paper about writing a paper…or writer’s block. That’d be stupid, right? Never mind, it’s a headache to think about to begin with.

Maybe I can ask Dad.

Okay…scratch any other brilliant ideas involving family members. Dad thinks I should work. Huh. I guess cleaning my room, the kitchen and all those extra farm chores don’t count. But a clean room means a clean mind and a clean mind probably leads up to a nice calm writing mood.


So totally possible! I can keep cleaning…I just have to find the vacuum first and oh wow…I forgot that show was on…is that the season finale? Oh man…I can’t miss that…


I should’ve skipped it. I could’ve been writing. I wasted a whole two hours to witness a predictable ending. Something is seriously wrong with me. I have too much to do.

Stupid final paper. Stupid non-existent topic.

How on earth am I supposed to be able to think logically and write coherently? I wanna bite something!


This is really bad. It’s due like, the day after tomorrow. I am so gonna get owned. Stupid paper, why can’t I focus?

Maybe I can google brainstorm for solutions. Yeah! That’s a good search.


Bad search.

How many millions…?

How about I just…oh, that’s a good one. Read a book backwards. That shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve got lots of books and I know them well enough that if I read it backwards, it shouldn’t be…

Man! This makes me dizzy…none of it makes sense and I’ve read these books a billion times! Argggh!

Oooh, wait! I can read manga*! Those are read left to right…so, technically, I’d be reading them backwards and if there was a really good story. I might get a really good idea for my paper.


I shouldn’t have read all three-hundred and fifty-nine issues…oh man. Paper due tomorrow. I have way too much to do tomorrow.

It was such a good story!

If it were mine I’d tweak it a little, you know? Give the guy a secondary purpose and oh, I get it. That’s what this pointless paper is about. I can make up my own topic with something having a second…implied meaning?

Lovely. I’m thinking myself in circles again.

Oh well.

Can’t be helped.




I have an hour…a whole…entire…hour.
I can do this.

I really should be able to write something.

There is nothing left to be done. I’ve watched enough tv, read enough everything…good grief, I even cleaned up around this place…

Note to self: scrubbing toilets does zip for the inspiration and too gross for imagination. I keep seeing the monster-villains from yesterday popping up through the sewer systems.


Modern plumbing. I bet…psychological effects…that’s a good angle. I could use a topic with…YEAH! This is gonna be a good paper!


I’m done and even with time to spare.

Boy, am I tired.

Fifteen minutes to midnight for uploading my final paper. Done.

Aw man! It’s midnight.

I’m exhausted…and I really wanna write! So much happening in my head, I can see all these stories taking shape—gah! Even a poem in there! Now that’s scary…

Too many words. Why couldn’t this have happened on Monday?

Write faster…

*manga = Japanese version of a comic book

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AnneRene' Capp05/30/10
I enjoyed seeing this through the MC's thoughts. Also enjoyed the humor and realized this just might be a great article for people contemplating becoming a writer. :) It definitely takes patience and perseverance.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/01/10
I enjoyed the ride!
Yeah, I'm not the only one who says GAH!
Felt true to a teenager's life. Good job!
Carol Slider 06/01/10
I can definitely relate to the procrastination, and also to the enormous amount of creativity that seems to happen in a rush after a week of procrastinating. I think our subconscious works a lot harder than we think it does! Enjoyed the journey with her... I've been there!
Ann Grover06/02/10
I loved this. Lesson #1: If it weren't for last minutes, I'd get nothing done... Lesson #2: You never know where you'll find inspiration.

(A teeny bit of red ink. Under "Wednesday," writer's should be writers.)
Patricia Turner06/02/10
Ooh - how many weeks does this describe for me. You did a great job of getting us into the mind of your MC. Thanks!
Lollie Hofer06/02/10
What??? Do you have a secret camera hidden in my house or something? I really could relate to this story. Thanks for sharing.
Ruth Stromquist06/11/10
A fun piece. Certainly is classic writer's block for sure. Enjoyed this!