21 January 2015

Side Note

This is the worst time in my entire life to have writer's block.  It is literally my only responsibility to be writing essays right now.  And I can't write anything a quarter-way decent (what I wouldn't give to be able to write something half-way decent).  I can't seem to be able to translate the ideas in my head to paper.  I can talk about them, which is reassuring, but I can not, for the life of me, write about them.  So yeah, that's frustrating.

Any tips on overcoming major writer's block?

3 comments:

ynny said...

What are you writing? If it's grad school/research stuff, I always just picked someone's published work and fought with it. I'd trace their arguments and find their weak spots. I'd talk about how ill-suited their writing style or philosophical bent was to the subject matter. Then I'd go figure out what they used for first-hand research and find reasons why I thought their interpretation was incorrect or at least questionable. And THEN, after I had shot barbs from every direction, I would introduce my own alternate ideas, which I had formed only after doing all that fighting. It always works, and professor LOOOOOVE it :) go fight!

Jen said...

To be honest--I blog! I think about something that happened that week that I thought was interesting or important. Or not. Just something I remembered happening. Try to remember every detail of what happened--sounds smells, tastes, etc.

Another tip, that is similar that REALLY helps me--I think about one of my favorite places. Usually, I think about Hyde Park or walking down the Mall from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. Write down anything and everything you remember about the place--think of all 5 senses and then what you think about and feel while you're there.

Try to keep it to 1000 words or less--once you're done, or halfway through, maybe you'll feel like writing something else. :) It might feel like a waste of time, but sometimes those pieces end up being some of my favorite things that I've written, and then I feel inspired. :D


GOOD LUCK!!

Beth said...

I'm sure you're doing great! But one thing that helped me was when I met with a professor and complained about writer's block and he had me explain to him in clear, plain sentences what I wanted to say. It magically came out exactly the way I had been trying to say it on paper for weeks! So now I say it. Out loud. (Now I'm just quoting Twilight.)