The Blues and Blocks of a College Writer (Writer in College)

I’d like to start by comparing my relationship with writing to my relationship with my roommate D. We both are pretty busy; we don’t really see each other too often, mostly just brief passings here and there in between our running around. When we do actually see each other, however, we have a lot of fun together, cracking jokes and talking about life and whatnot. Though we can’t always spend time together the fun is still there.


Okay I lied, my relationship with writing is not like my relationship with my roommate. I like to pretend that my writing is doing something with itself while I’m busy but in reality I abandoned it (though I have a good reason).


They say a writer is supposed to write every day and I do, just not what I would like. Being a college student has seriously put a strain on my personal writing. As an English major I’m always a stone’s throw away from some sort of writing assignment and that’s the problem. (I hadn’t planned on complaining about my life but it proves my point so here we go.) I’m a full-time student with five classes full of homework and like many others I work (two jobs) while in school. When I’m not working or doing something school related, majority of the time I’m sleeping or cultivating the little social life that I do have. And that leaves my poor little writing to the wayside.


I haven’t added onto the story I’ve been writing since about July or August and it’s driving me crazy. I keep thinking and thinking about my characters and their development and yet on the physical plain nothing has happened. The death of a good project is getting too mentally far ahead that by the time your fingers go to try to catch up you’re already bored with where you’re at and you “wanna get to the good stuff.” I’ve lost interest in many a stories that way and the fear is that I’ll do the same with this one. And the fear is a just one.


In the story I haven’t touched since the summer, I’m about six or so chapters in on my laptop. In my head, I’m about two series of trilogies ahead of the last two books in the trilogy of the first book. Aka, I’m doing exactly the same thing that I feared I would do and it sucks. But what can I do, not do homework, not go to work, not sleep? Honestly, the answer is probably in better time management but that’s an issue for another day.

About the Author

Sierra Beeler is a junior English major at UNC Charlotte. An aspiring screenwriter, she hopes to one day entertain the masses with a book series turned television show she hopes will “put J.K Rowling to shame.” When not working on one of her many uncompleted projects, Sierra enjoys watching Hulu and crying over fictional characters.