DD 16 is really struggling with college essays. She's an excellent writer generally but she's been working on it for months and it's just not happening. She is the most expressive person I know. She loves and loaths. Nothing inbetween. Everyone ELSE knows how she feels... it's all over her face, her body, her voice and yet, she's never been capable of "telling" you how she feels (seriously, she could be sobbing with a dead kitten in her hand and still not be able to come up with the word "sad.") We've tried to help her work through it over the years but here we are with her first deadline next week and the main essay not done. Well, she has an essay done and it's "OK" but it's not her voice. It is not the person any of us actually know.
I thought we made some headway this week. I told her to write a story about herself in 3rd person and she did a beautiful job. It sounded like her. I cared about the person in her story. Then she tried to adapt it into an essay and she fell apart.
She's stressed. I know she's stressed. We can put off the deadline next week but honestly, I'm not sure doing that now will help her. She'll only feel like more of a loser for not making it happen and it will extend this for months longer. I just need some ideas to help her work through this if anyone has ideas.