Hey y’all! So it’s the middle of the semester and it feels like every week I’m being asked to write essays, poetry (for my poetry class obvi), even writing posts for OM! Sometimes it feels like people expect me to be a wealth of ideas and eloquence, but that just isn’t the case. Writer’s block is something I deal with on a regular basis, but being in a position in my life where I’m expected (or required) to write all the time, I’ve learned a few helpful tricks and tips to overcome writers block and get the words a-flowin’.
- Save the Intro for Later. I always get hung up on trying to write the perfect introduction, or opener that I end up staring at a blank page for what feels like eternity. Someone once told me that you can’t write an introduction to a paper you haven’t written yet. Especially for essays or papers of an academic nature, sometimes the best thing to do is write down the meat of your paper first and all all that flowery stuff later.
- Stream of Consciousness. Instead of spending forever and trying to pick the right words, just give yourself a deadline to get ANYTHING down on the paper. Just make yourself write whatever comes to mind and give yourself a goal, like, 2 full pages in 20 minutes. This way you won’t have time to over-think and slow yourself down, and you might find that you were on to some great idea that you can expand on!
- Consistency is Key. Especially when it comes to writing things that are more creative, it can be easy to use the excuse of lack of inspiration to take a hiatus from writing. But it turns out its actually more useful to write daily. Writing is a muscle and it should be flexed regularly. You wouldn’t try to run a marathon without training, and the same goes for writing. The only way to get better at it is to practice.
- Transcribe. I’m a much better speaker than I am a writer. If I’m every having trouble with a sentence or getting my ideas on paper, I’ll say it out loud to myself and write it down after I’ve found a way of saying it that sounds natural. Finding your voice is an important aspect of writing in any capacity, and there’s no better way to find your voice than to literally use your voice!
Writer’s Block sucks and most people experience it in some way. Either way, it’s good to know that if the Block does get you down, there are ways to get around it!