Hey everyone, I dunno if this is the write place to post it but I'd greatly appreciate your advice on this topic. I am currently a student in HS. I can write "non-personal" items. Obviously there are areas where I can improve but I don't have a problem actually putting my thoughts to paper. However, when I am asked to write "personal" pieces, either about my experiences or how I feel after being exposed to a poignant movie/film/whatever, I immediately get this mental block and as a result, my writing comes out as stilted and robotic. It sucks because that's not who I really am -- I am emotional and sensitive, perhaps too much so. I just can't communicate those feelings in writing. Non-fiction, fiction, whatever. I love to read; however, there is hardly anytime left for me nowadays. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on. I think the written word is a very important art form. This is rather frustrating for me and I would greatly appreciate it if any of you have suggestions on exercises or books. I think expressing myself through words would be very therapeutic for me in and it's just irritating for me on a personal level to not be able to "say" what I mean. As I said earlier, any thoughts would be very much welcome!