Sunday, January 6th. 9:13 AM.
I stare at my computer monitor. A blank sheet of paper stares back, untouched by words.
A research paper. Requiring eight sources cited with a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 2,500 words.
I tell myself that I’m going to finish it today. Who knows when I’d be able to make myself sit back down and work on it later?
I swallow and begin typing. It’s 9:34 now. Straining myself, I finish typing the last word of the title. 11 words. This is going to take a while.
277 words. I have 4 tabs open that are unrelated to the assignment. I’m not worried though. After all, the day is still young, isn’t it?
277 words. I found a cool new YouTube channel. This guy’s making videos about various stories he has to tell from his high school years. They’re pretty engaging. I should really get back to work.
346 words. I’ve more or less paraphrased the entire first half of one of my sources. That’s definitely how writing essays works. The teacher probably won’t notice.
381 words. Time for a lunch break! I heat up a few slices of leftover pizza from two nights ago. The pepperoni slices are still a little cold. Otherwise, it’s alright.
381 words. That lunch break took a little longer than I though. I sit back down in the swiveling chair in front of the computer. I can’t work on an empty stomach, can I?
473 words. I have come to the conclusion that research papers are incredibly boring. How any one person can spend hours grading these is beyond me.
604 words. I found a website with lots of games available that I used to play when I was younger. A quick trip down memory lane ought to be alright.
604 words. Did I really just spend an hour playing that? It wasn’t even that fun, now that I think about it. Still, it was pleasing for my nostalgia.
698 words. Almost halfway there; I decided a while ago that I wouldn’t be getting far beyond 1,500 words. I really need to figure out how to focus better… I think I’ll Google how to avoid procrastinating. That ought to work.
760 words. I’m finally starting to feel a little anxious about finishing this research paper. But, nothing for it but to keep chipping away, I guess.
802 words. I wonder if I can use a Wii Remote as a controller on my computer… seems logical to me.
802 words. The Wii Remote doesn’t work at all.
802 words. Mom says that dinner is ready. I’m glad; I was waiting for something to take my mind of the remote that wasted over an hour.
802 words. Mom wanted to watch some television, so I guess I have to go do that now.
802 words. I fell asleep in front of the television. Probably a well-deserved nap, but I really should get back to work.
911 words. I wonder how long it would take her to notice if I copied and pasted an entire source into my paper.
911 words. I woke up to find a massive line of sssssssssss lining the whole screen. There’s a little fewer than six hours before I need to get ready to leave for school. I can get this done by then, right?
1,032 words. My eyes keep closing and I’m losing my train of thought. Why did I do this to myself again? I need sleep.
1,126 words. I reread my latest paragraph to discover that I had absolutely no recollection of typing most of its content. I don’t know how I managed to do that, but I’m not complaining.
1,209 words. I’m going to make myself a bowl of instant ramen. Time for a late-night snack.
1,209 words. It turns out that it takes a lot longer to eat a bowl of ramen when there are memes to be browsed on your phone.
1,298 words. The day is no longer young. Maybe I’ll just finish the rest at school. At least two hours of sleep would be pretty nice.
1,367 words. I’m so close!
1,411 words. Seeing the morning fast approaching, my focus shoots through the roof. Just a little bit farther…
I type the final sentence just as I hear my alarm going off from upstairs. As I stare at my finished handiwork, I feel a rush of relief… and remember that my next essay will likely turn out the exact same way.