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The architect sat with his frustration for a very long time and cried, yearning to be with his love. He lost his will to get up, to move. Every so often he’d look through the crannied hole and watch his lover on the other side of the wall, waiting. 

But one day, when he looked through the hole, she wasn’t there. Panicking, called out to her, hoping she would come out. She didn’t. The architect didn’t want to lose the only thing that made him whole, so he got up, shook off his  frustration, and began walking. He figured there had to be an end to this wall, or at least a corner, that would help him get around this wall. 

As he walked alongside the wall, he noticed all the stray idea blocks that had either fallen off the wall or were never used. There was something about them that made the architect want to take them with him. With these blocks, his mind was turning. He designed blueprint after blueprint, letting the blocks guide the mind, and the matter. 

And, finally, he made it to the end of the wall. Except, this wall was connected to another wall. He found himself confronted by a corner. 

Yet, the architect made it too far to be stopped by a corner. He put down all the idea blocks he’d picked up along the way and started to analyze the corner. He looked at the idea blocks that made up this wall, until he noticed that in this corner there was one block unlike the rest. Curious, the architect pulled at this block, loosened it, and suddenly, the whole wall shook and fell to the ground. He broke through the wall.  

And when the wall broke, he sprinted home to where his love resided. He burst through the door and saw the builder sitting at the table, desperately trying to craft something out of nothing. When the builder saw the architect, she jumped up and ran into his arms. Together again.

In the following days, the architect showed the builder all the bricks and blueprints he collected on his journey, and, together, they built the most magnificent home.

10 comments on “

  1. Stephanie Bell says:

    This is gorgeous, Hannah. I love the metaphor of separation between two parts that need each other to work. It’s symbiosis.


  2. Anisa Ali says:

    Wow Hannah, I loved the way that your piece came together. It’s so intricate and relatable. I really felt this “I watch the cursor mock me with every wink, daring me to say something of substance.” Sometimes the hardest part of writing is coming up with something of substance. Great work, continue building!


  3. gcrone14 says:


    What else can I say but WOW! Your piece really spoke volumes to the blocks, to the walls, which we create for ourselves, and how we can only breakthrough if we find the opening— pull on the thread of an “idea block” (a particular signifier)— and get writing! It’s so gorgeous: in its presentation, in the vivid metaphor, in the humor!! I am honored to have been on the same panel as you. Stellar work!! 🙂


  4. This is such a carefully crafted story Hannah! Really enlightening to think that writer’s block can often be a signifier of fear and anxiety, and I guess that’s why they recommend we step outside of our writing as a cure for writer’s block. I also enjoyed how you bookended the story, I’m glad the architect and the builder didn’t end up like Romeo and Juliet!


  5. Darren Mc Almont says:

    Thank you for reminding me to let my perfectionism go and get back to writing (and finishing) those un-finished works.


  6. This was amazing Hannah. When you first started your paper I wasn’t expecting there to be such a beautiful metaphor. It really painted a beautiful picture. I could almost imagine the architect and the builder being representations of the writing process. I imagined the architect as the Planning process and the builder as the Doing process. Overall this was extremely well done.

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  7. I really enjoyed this piece! With the stray idea blocks, my first thought was that the Architect would build a staircase over the wall, but you subverted my expectations when he pulled the brick out instead. I’m curious to know: what was your thought process on deconstructing the wall rather than going over it?


  8. Lul Ali says:

    Terrific story! So captivating and inspiring — LOVED IT!


  9. wilsonsash says:

    Thank you for taking something that is usually dealt with in the abstract “writer’s block” and building a piece that is relatable, inspiring and inventive in its presentation! You are going to do wonderful things; I can’t wait to see what you accomplish. Congratulations on graduating!


  10. kerrydoyle17 says:

    thank you so much. i love how you make the internal wall visually material and linguistically metaphorical, allowing us to work through, through your story, why we experience writer’s block. great work!


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