Hello everyone. I have aspired to be a writer for quite a few years now. I have been somewhat successful writing essays and poems, even some unfinished short stories. Nevertheless, I am have severe problems writing well consistently and writing other kinds of things. I have a few problems. Sometimes, I cannot hardly generate an idea because I focus so much on cadence and trying to find words. Other times, I have an idea, but it gets chocked because I try so hard to make the words flow and be original. If I write a two word phrase that sounds like it's been written before, I will most likely not feel comfortable with it and will reject it. This is the thing. I've written essays before and one research paper. In fact, I'm in college. I have decent grades so far and hopefully I passed the class. The trouble is, I have a developed abstract vocabulary that helps me to write essays and research paper, but I am at a complete loss at how to write stories. It seems that my vocabulary simply does not suffice to write them. And any attempt to describe an event or scene always results in cliches. I don't need help with grammar. That's the easy part. Right now I'm not trying to craft my sentences or anything like that because I just want to get the point across right now. I need help overcoming these problem because I really do want to write. I just want it to be professional. I know at I'm able me to write sophisticated sentences, and those are the times I enjoy writing. What also helps is when I am driven vigorously by strong emotions. I already know I'm not supposed to be wordy. I know I'm supposed to keep my sentences concise. Content, sound, and brevity are the three things I aim for, but these mental blocks hinder me. I'd like someone to help me with this. Also, I'd like to ask these three questions: 1) If I use a two-word phrase that has been used many times before, does that count as an embarrassing cliche? 2) If the most concise form of a sentence does not produce the sound effect I want, is it okay to use a slightly wordier version to achieve the effect? 3) If I have trouble generating ideas and get mental blocks, does that disqualify me as a writer. And is there a way to overcome these obstacles? 4) Is there away for me to quickly build my vocabulary of descriptive, story like words without spending months and months reading various stories and looking up every single word I encounter. I' already know I have the capacity to do it because I've done certain things before. I just don't want to have to build an extra wall after I spent so much time laying down the bricks of another one. But if I have to, then I have to. Any advise/input would be nice. Just don't be harsh. And remember, this post is not an example of my writing. I'm just humbly asking for help.