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A Simple Explanation for Writer’s Block (Sept)

Yasmin Calhoun, Editorial Editor

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A Simple Explanation for Writer’s Block

Here’s my reasoning on why people, specifically high school students, are prone to getting writer’s block. I feel like with all of the things that students in high school have to do, when it comes to taking the time to sit down and write an essay, they have better things to do. When given a writing assignment on a certain topic, the student’s mind doesn’t focus on the topic. As a matter of fact, their mind focuses on anything  but the topic. While they should be concentrating on writing, their internal monologue goes a little something like this: “How long does this essay have to be? Is it due by the end of class? Ah man, was I supposed to turn in my work before I left my other class? Is that project for my literature class due this Thursday or next Thursday? Wait, do we have a vocabulary quiz today? Do we have a pop quiz in history again? Is it going to be multiple choice, or do we have to answer an essay? Wait, what are we supposed to be writing about right now?” These are just some of the things that run through students’ minds. They can easily become distracted by all the stress that their other assignments put them through that they become completely oblivious to the subject at hand. Maybe the given writing topic should be about the something  they can relate to rather than something unimportant that happened in the 15th century.

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