An English Teacher Once Told Me
That when faced with writer's block, to write until the words began making sense.
I was above top of my class in English all through grade school. High school was the same, I was the never failing English Teacher's Pet (we won't discuss how my Math teachers felt about me). Then I reached college and suddenly.. My English grade dropped until it came to a screeching, miserable halt. Apparently, I don't take too kindly to being told what and how to write. I flunked English Comp 1A. She didn't like the way I wrote, disobeying all the "rules" and "formats" she put forth on topics I couldn't give a shit about. She gave me an Incomplete for the class, because she felt I had the ability to write well if I could learn to stay within the set forth parameters.
Or should I say instead that I learned to bullshit. I removed all aspects of my personality and my former teachings to write what I felt, and I regurgitated back at her what she was wanting to read. In short, I sucked all the life out of every paper I wrote. She gave me an A.
Normally, I rebel against such blatant antagonists of my will, but I needed the class to move on. I haven't yet taken English Comp II, simply because I'm still stinging over the lifeless shit I had to write back then. And that was about 5 years ago.
So why mention it now, you ask? Because I'm writing until it makes sense.
Nobody said it had to be interesting.