Feeling Anxious

So…….I have a 2000 word essay due Monday. Right now I’m feeling a little anxious because I’m tongue-tied and not feeling quite eloquent. Is this something natural that happens during seminary; this feeling of being at a loss for words? How does one overcome it?

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3 thoughts on “Feeling Anxious

  1. I remember feeling that way in seminary too. What worked for me was to personalize whatever the topic was, find a place where I could relate to it, and start there. Those first few paragraphs might not be very great, but it was at least a start. Good luck!

  2. I got a Ph.D. in religious studies, rather than a divinity degree, but I think there are probably some similarities in the process. MsKitty’s advice seems good. For myself, when I couldn’t write it often seemed as it it was a crisis of confidence. It wasn’t that I had nothing to say, but I couldn’t get it out on paper in a way that satisfied myself. I was critical of what I was writing and just sat there anticipating objections. The way to get past this particular sort of block was pretty similar to MsKitty’s advice: I had to just write without the internal editor squawking at me the whole time. Eloquence wasn’t always a gift, often it was the result of repeated refinement after the fact of material that in its first draft was pretty mediocre.

    I’ll put it in another, more succinct way: your assignment is due Monday no matter whether you are eloquent or not. So write your assignment now, and even if you’re not brilliant, you’ve at least fulfilled the assignment. Then, now that you’ve got something in hand and therefore the pressure is off, you can take some time to go back and refine it until perhaps it more closely approximates your vision of eloquence and persuasiveness. At least, that’s how I’d tackle this. Good luck!

  3. I feel much better today. I found out a couple of things about the essay that I had misread, so my feeling uneloquent was a consequence of misunderstanding the assignment.

    While I still feel a little tongue-tied, I know I can do this assignment reasonable well.

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