Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Overcoming Writer's Block

Have you ever been working on a paper and get stuck halfway?  Do you have a paper that you need to write and you have no idea where to begin?  Here are some tips for dealing with writer's block so you can write that paper.

1. Brainstorming - Brainstorming is a great way to start out.  Brainstorming does not have to be organized or even neat.  Just write whatever comes to mind.  Free association helps ideas to flow.  This can be a list of important points or just things that stand out to you.  Whenever you have something to write, brainstorming is a great way to start.

2. Outline -Along the lines of brainstorming is making an outline.  If you have an idea of what to do but just don't know how to get there, make an outline.  This gives you a guide to follow, but don't worry if you end up deviating from the outline.  

3. Talk - Not sure what to write about?  Talk about it.  It is helpful to have someone listen to you, but talking to yourself works just as well.  Sometimes it is easier to say what you need to say by saying it.  Talking about your topic also helps you to find correlations you may not have considered before.

4. Try a different approach - If the way you have been writing is not longer working, try something different.  Look at thinks from a different angle.  Explore ideas that you didn't before.  If you have been writing a literature paper about one character, look at another character.

5. Listen to music -  Studies have shown that classical music improves brain function.  Put on some Beethoven and get your brain going!

Last but not least...
6. Take a break from your paper - If you have been staring at a screen or paper too long, your brain stops working.  Take a breather, walk around.  Stop stressing and relax.

- Kayla

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