Writer’s Block Writer's
block is a natural and normal feeling of being "stuck" when writing. It
is often rooted in conflicting feelings about how to best include
relevant information in a writing assignment.
What to do:
- Make notes, freewrite, brainstorm, or journal.
- Work on a section at a time, or begin in the middle of the paper.
- Simply say out loud what you mean or want to say.
- Make in-text notes in parentheses where you are having trouble so you know where to return later, and continue writing.
out loud about your paper to yourself or someone else. Someone else may
be able to ask questions and help you know where to elaborate or
who your audience is. Reading the paper from a differing perspective
may give insight into what is missing or nonessential.
- Identify the purpose or goal and how it can be attained.
- Take breaks. Go for a walk, do relaxation techniques, anything that helps clear your mind.
- Review what is already written or re-read the assignment. It may remind you of your purpose.
What NOT to do:
- Do not strive for perfection in your first draft. Avoid editing until the first draft is complete.
- Do not wait for inspiration. Waiting only leads to procrastination.
- Avoid using phrases such as "due to the fact that…" to search for an idea, as they often lead nowhere.
- Avoid being overly self-critical and ruminating on negative thoughts.
- Do not give up!