R. Gabrielle McCormick
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With all of the tips and advice you’ve been receiving regarding admission and scholarship essays, I thought I would address a common question: How do you end writer’s block?

Undoubtedly, we’ve all experienced a time where we’ve lacked inspiration and motivation to write. The paper or screen is waiting for our words of wisdom, but we have no idea what to say or where to start. Here are a few of the things I do and suggest if you’re struggling with coming up with ideas:

    1. Do something different or something that you enjoy.
    2. Change your environment.
    3. Watch YouTube/TV.
    4. Ask others for input.
    5. Last, but not least…write without worrying about what you’ve written – edit later.

I’ve used each of these tactics numerous times. Honestly, I try to incorporate them into my daily activities to keep my creative juices flowing. Although they’re not revolutionary concepts, they can work wonders for the psyche. If you get stuck or are not inspired by any of this week’s scholarships, use a tip to get you fired up.

This week’s Tuition Tuesday scholarships are as follows:

  1. ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship Competition: This scholarship is open to all high school students who have recognized a need or problem in their community.
    Award: $1,000 (25 Awards Given)
    Deadline: July 12th
  2. Media Fellows Program: Undergraduates must be preparing for a career in public policy, advertising research, management, planning, or buying (Open, but not limited to mass communications, journalism, marketing, and political science majors).
    Award: $5,000
    Deadline: July 16th
  3. DirectTextbook.com 2014 Scholarship Essay Contest: Share the importance of having a purpose in this scholarship.
    Award: $250-$2,500
    Deadline: July 24th
  4. Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship: Open to students as early as middle school, write an essay regarding travel.
    Award: $250 – $1,000
    Deadline: July 27th
  5. I’d love to hear some of the ways you cure writer’s block. Make sure you share with me over on Facebook and Twitter. Also, if there’s something else you’re struggling with, please make sure to let me or Commit! know!

    Happy Tuition Tuesday ☺.