Being stuck at the start creates a special kind of frustration. Before you can even get going, you are tangled in knots, immobilized, virtually paralyzed. Your skills and bright ideas desert you like rats realizing they’re about to go to sea on a leaky ship. Suddenly you cannot write a single respectable sentence or sustain the simplest chain of thought. Then it gets worse.
After a very short dose of this, you’re ready to throw up your hands and quit. Many writing projects grind to a halt before the end of the third paragraph. The third paragraph often has a Bermuda Triangle effect—you go into it but never come out. And of course many writing projects don’t even make it to the first sentence, as the writer wilts under the pressure and cannot get down even those first few words.
Welcome to writer’s block.
P.S. If you pick a topic that you're most passionate about, it'll be hard for ideas not to come rushing out
I have been in the Writing Center since it started last year. I had no idea what I was signing up for when I did, but I do know that I am happy with myself that I did. Through the Writing Center, I have been able to become so much more involved in my school community, meet and build bonds with people I never thought I would, and interact with the world outside of Lindblom. Being in the Writing Center has made me want to be a part of my school's community.
We've done a lot of things in the Writing Center that requires us to interact with people. We have had to sell tickets to our events, get the word out about the Writing Center, and promote the different events that we host. I will never forget waking up super early to arrive at school earlier than usual to make final touches to our haunted house, or when the Writing Center's monthly contest is hosting a party for that month, and, just for being a tutor, I am invited to chow down on pizza and sweet treats.
I will always remember my time here in the Writing Center. The best part of being in the Writing Center was the feeling of accomplishment when you actually helped a tutee. So far in my life, nothing has been more satisfying than helping the people around me who genuinely appreciate it.
"Chromebooks and games!"
Halloween is a very special time of the year. You can dress up or dress down. You can be anything your little heart desires. I, and probably everyone breathing, LOVE candy! This is the only time a year you can eat as much candy as you want and still have some left over. Even though you'll probably get sick, or break out with pimples, in the end it's all worth it. Halloween brings out the creative side of people. It shows you what people aspire or always wanted to be (or what they had time to put together in less than 24 hours). From those elaborate princess costumes to those simple spooky ghost costumes; Halloween brings out the inner child in everyone. So enjoy your Halloween and make the most of it!
This was my first time going to Earle Elementary as a Writing Center tutor. All the kids were so full of life and so eager to participate. My station was about Quick write, and the students got to choose from prompts to write as much as they could. It was interesting to see what they came up with. The crowd favorite was the topic of choosing either fame, money, or friends. A lot of them chose money because they were concerned about helping their families out which I thought was so sweet because they were thinking about helping out at such a young age. I really and truly enjoyed meeting each and every one of those little darlings. I can't wait to go back!
After being in the Writing Center for a year, I can honestly say that the library has become a place that my world revolves around. Being a tutor doesn't stop when the period is over, tutors are available before or after school. When it gets really busy, some tutors even come in during their lunch to help out. Being a Writing Center tutor isn't all about the tutoring either. This past year we have learned what works and what doesn't when it comes to our contests, special events, advertisements, and website. The periods have switched off which gives us the opportunity to have most of the special projects. Each group brought something different to the table. If my group had the advertisements, then it was exciting to see the contest theme for each month. When it comes down to it, this past year has been a learning experience for us. Next year will definitely be much more exciting for the Writing Center. We anticipate more involvement from the tutors when it comes to outside projects and events with the school. This past year as a tutor was a new experience, but next year I know it will be much better.
To some people, the tutors here in the Writing Center only tutor students. They don't understand what this class really is. Some don't even know this is a legitimate class. The tutors have homework. Specifically, we have writing journals and vocab/ grammar journals. We also have two projects each quarter: the Independent Reading Assignment and Performance Assessment. We are required to do all of this work in between tutoring as well. It sounds like a lot of work, but the work is stretched out between periods of time. The writing journals and vocab/ grammar journals alternate each week, and the IRA and PA are due at the end of the quarter. The overall class is extremely fun. There is a lot of independent work and time to get your thoughts on the pages of Google DOCS between the tutoring sessions planned out. As tutors, we also have special projects assigned to each group. If you've been to Writing Center's Haunted House, Open Mic, Movie Night, or if you've submitted to the Writing Center's contest, then you've contributed to that groups project. This website that we have is also a group project. No matter what you are doing in the Writing Center, you know you will have a good time. Over this past year in the Writing Center, I've grown as a writer and as a leader. It's been an amazing experience with five other people that have contributed to it! -A.D.
What is a meme? A meme (mee-m long e sound), is a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc.that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by internet use. Firstly, you must understand that one does not simply become a meme lord. You have to have the will power to want to be dank. Luckily you have me here to help. Memeing can be a tall task for the average internet user, but in time I promise you can be molded into someone with high levels of dankness. Making memes is a difficult craft, one that requires many trials and errors. One has to be creative if they want to be successful in this line of work. After you have realized that this a tall task, you must become familiar with the mainstream memes of the internet. Memeing will come with practice and patience, learning how to craft memes will require the memer to immerse themselves fully in the meme. The memer must become one with the meme in order to truly understand it.Once a memer is fully immersed in a meme, he/she must ask themselves, is the dankest thing I have ever created? If the answer is yes then you have started on the journey of become a powerful memer. There have been many casualties in this line of work, only the dankest can survive. To those who dare to meme good luck and may the dank be with you.
When it comes to writing, sometimes you just need to start even if you don't know what you want to write about. It may be "crap" at the end in your mind, but at least you get the experience of writing, and the next time you're stuck, you'll know how to get inspiration. The writers that are well known today weren't born writers. And you may not be a J.K. Rowling or a Stephen King or a William Shakespeare at the start, but with "practice" and time, you will be the next great author. As a writer, I can say that in the beginning I hated to write. I never felt like my papers were sophisticated enough or well written to my standards (which weren't that great to begin with considering I wasn't sure what was "terrific writing"). But, I realized that I will never be one of the people listed above. I can only write as well as I allow myself. Also, I needed a desire to write. I got that desire with motivation to actually become better. Over the past two years of hard work, I can honestly say that I've become better than I once was. How many people get to say that? And maybe I won't be the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King or William Shakespeare, but I am Alyssa Diaz, and that's good enough.
Nobody's perfect...at least that's what television character Hannah Montana wants you to embed in your brain. When it comes to writing, most writers don't want to stop what they are doing to make a break for paragraphs. That's my excuse at least. I don't like stopping my train of thought to make a simple break in the paragraphs which sounds lazy to most. I just assume I'll forget where I'm going in my writing if i stop even for a second. After being "sternly talked to" by our director Mrs. Caneva, I realized the error of my ways. I also was joked about by my AP United States History teacher Mr. Linderman. Once a history teacher tells you you need to make breaks in your paragraph, you know you have a problem. And in the beginning of the year, I had a problem with putting "of" instead of "have" in sentences. To stop myself, I read over each sentence I wrote and fixed my error until I found myself correctly using "have". To say, I am a perfect writer would be a lie. To say anyone is a perfect writer would be a lie. But, there is no lie in getting over mistakes you make over and over again. -A.D.