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Writers Block, University Results And The Future

Hey everyone hope you’re doing well!

It’s been a while (I sense a pattern here) since my last post. If you haven’t had a chance, please have a read of my previous short story here. I have been struggling with writers block for quite some time which is equal parts frustrating and disheartening. Nothing beats those moments of inspiration, when an idea hits you and all you want to do is help it flourish into something readable. I’ve started countless new stories and haven’t been able to finish them. Not even close. The passion for these idea’s has diminished over the last six months or so and I can’t wait to feel excited about a piece again soon. If you’ve suffered with writers block and have any tips on how to combat it, please let me know in the comments!

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As some of you might remember, a few months back I was worried about the outcome of my degree. My university experience was a wild ride, one I never wish to do again. The relief I felt as soon as I submitted my final piece of work was like nothing I’ve ever felt before. All the stress, worries and difficult times suddenly disintegrated before my eyes and drifted off into the atmosphere. That’s not to say I was no longer stressed, worried or anxious about the results. Far from it. But I knew I had done my absolute best and that’s all I could ever ask of myself. I’ve spent most of my educational career sailing through without trying. Always telling myself if I’d have actually put effort in, the results would be much better. So I tried as hard as I could. Anway, I managed to recieve a 2:1 or a Second Class Honors (Upper Division) Degree Classification. In the UK, this is the second highest grade below a 1st (First Class Honors). This was exactly the grade I wanted. I finally achieved something I set my mind on and it felt amazing.

As for the future. I’m still looking for a job and as you can imagine, the search has been made more difficult by the current global situation. I’m on the hunt for work within schools, as a teaching assistant, behaviour mentor or student inclusion services. It’s hard out here, that’s for sure.

Anyway, enough about me! How are you all doing? Any big life changes happening for you? Any tips on beating writers block and lack of motivation? My comments are ready and waiting.


Signed,

Jen X

12 thoughts on “Writers Block, University Results And The Future

  1. Congrats on your classification! That’s really impressive. Just graduating with a bachelors is tough enough but being one of the best on top of that is a testament to your commitment! I’m sure the job market isn’t great right now but just hang in there, we’ll get back to some semblance of normal eventually.

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    1. Thank you so much ceponatia! University was the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to do. So many awful things happened one after the other that put all the odds against me achieving a pass grade let alone the second best you can get.
      You’re right, the job market is in tatters at the moment but hopefully something will come up for me.

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  2. Firstly, well done on your studies. I remember worrying like hell. I too had always done just enough to get by, but year twelve nearly tripped me up! I wanted to be a teacher and my marks were just shy of what was needed — I passed easily, but they wanted honours in one or two subjects (it would have been good if someone had mentioned that!). Anyway, the gods smiled on me when someone didn’t take up their position and I got offered a spot. I loved teaching but not the student teacher experience (the ratio of boys to girls was 7 boys to 22 girls in each group — so that bit was okay).
    Writer’s block: two things spring to mind.
    Bukowski said, “Don’t try”. In other words, let the stories come to you, don’t chase them. At times this is easier said than done, but it is good advice.
    Someone famous once said, “When inspiration (your muse) comes visiting, let her find you working.” This is EXCELLENT advice.
    JUST WRITE and don’t worry about anything. If it is not to your liking, put it aside and write something else. No one knows anything about your struggles as a writer, all they know is the work you choose to show them.
    So write and be damned.
    Terry

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    1. Thank you so much Terry, I also want to eventually train to become a teacher. I chose my degree based on interest rather than what kind of jobs were available to me. I loved the course but I have no desire to become a social researcher or a probation officer etc. To become a teacher, I need to go back to university to complete a course that will grant me qualified teaching status. I just worry I won’t be a good enough teacher, but I’m sure we all doubt our capabilities especially when they can have such direct impact on potentially vulnerable children. I have a year to dabble in other job markets before my course starts and hopefully volunteer in schools to see if this is the route I want to take.
      Thank you for your advice on writers block. It has been so difficult to write anything at all. I tried free-writing and I became disheartened when nothing came to me. I’m just going to be patient and wait for inspiration to strike.
      Thank you again for your comment Terry, I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

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      1. Teaching is a very rewarding profession. I had a mentor who sadly died just as I was starting out. He was the kind of person/teacher who offered advice sparingly — he led by example. I’m sure that if he had lived he would have been the person I went to when the stress of the job started to get to me, but sadly that was not to be. If you decide to teach, find someone you respect who has been at it for a while and ask them how they cope with the stress of the job. Actually, ask a bunch of people. Your lecturers may not be best placed to help, but ask anyway. All my lecturers were ‘escaped’ classroom teachers, but among them were some real gems.
        Good luck — the world desperately needs teachers who know how to facilitate (not teach). No one ever taught anyone anything, but some people know how to point the way.
        Terry

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  3. Congratulations on your university degree!

    I may be in the minority here because I’m a plotter and not a pantser, but it really helps me write and not get stuck when I have an outline to follow.

    Another thing I did back in February for a writing challenge was to write 29 short story starts, one for each day of the month. (The Horror Writer’s Association president does this challenge every year, and she encouraged others to try it.) Just the start, anywhere from one paragraph to several pages, and I left each story unfinished. Some of the story start ideas were horrible. Some were good enough that I went back and thought of an ending and finished them. The point is that without any expectation of a full story or a good story, I was able to churn out words, no writer’s block. And it was fun.:-)

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    1. Thank you so much Priscilla, I’m so thankful it’s over.

      That sounds very useful actually, I was trying to do something similar but with several ideas/concepts being noted in one session. It felt a bit too overwhelming so I think committing to one story start per day sounds like a good way to go. Thank you for the advice πŸ™‚

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