Day 7 and I am sitting with my laptop on my lap (hence the name “laptop”) and haven’t a clue as to what to write. I feel like one of my reluctant writers right now. I start to think about a list I threw together for times like this, an emergency list of topics to write about. But I don’t feel like getting it out. Even though I scanned through it earlier and can remember some of the topics, I just don’t feel like writing any of it. I think, “Maybe I’ll write something funny right now,” but I’m not in that funny writing type of mood. Then, “Maybe I will write something reflective.” I’m not there either. I start to write a poem and realize I am not a poet. I am feeling more and more like the young writer who claims he/she can’t think of anything to write about. Maybe he/she really couldn’t think of anything, after all. Or maybe he/she wasn’t in any kind of writing type of mood. I wonder how much mood has to do with the writing process. I like to write, so I will get over this feeling, hopefully by tomorrow, (if not, it will make for a very long slicing month). It makes me think of the student who DOESN’T get over it, doesn’t get past the slump. Feeling this now, will it help me help him/her? What can I do to help? I’ll have to think about that. This might be the perfect time to think, because it sure isn’t the perfect time to WRITE!