How to Write

How to Get Rid of Writer's Block

Get Rid of Writer's Block Fast

Writer's block can be a terrible thing. Some people suffer from writer's block for five days, and some of us are over here in the year to five-year mark. Sometimes we just can't shake it. Sometimes our own insecurities block us from writing. Sometimes the pressure is overwhelming. In honor of my online writing class How To Beat Writer's Block I came up with a short list of tips that might help you resolve your writer's block issues.


TAKE OFF THE PRESSURE When we feel pressure to perform, we fail. To lift some of this pressure. you have to start thinking about your normal routines in different ways. Don't do the same thing every day. Move somewhere else. If you normally write at your computer, write by hand. If you normally write by hand, type on a typewriter. If you normally use the typewriter, write on the computer. Changing the way you write might help you begin to write. The pressure will be gone. You won't be at your normal desk at the normal time with the familiar sensation that you have to write something immediately. This activity can be freeing.


DON'T THINK ABOUT WRITING Sort of like the first exercise, this is an attempt to trick your brain. For a set period of time (one day, one week, etc.) don't think about writing and don't write. Don't worry about the fact that you aren't writing. Don't worry about any previous goals that you had set for yourself. Just don't write. Do something else. In this period, you should be reading and scouring magazines and going to museums and sitting outside and listening to people talk and staring at plants trying to decide what kind of plants they are. You want to come back to your writing desk with a wealth of information to start from.


WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING BORING In an attempt to reduce the pressure and make it easier to write, you want to start with a topic you don't care about or a topic you already know a lot about. What are you an expert in? It could be anything from sleeping to building toy cars, but you are an expert at something. Think about your expertise and write a timed 5-minute how-to article about your area. Try to be as clear and boring as possible. When you're finished, you can take that information and change it to imperative mood. Or, if it's already in imperative mood, switch it around and write in third person. Once you understand the basics of this activity, you can apply it to stories, poems, or essays that you've already written.

With these three tiny tips, you might be able to start making larger strides in writing. Writing can be hard when a million other things deserve our attention, but you have to decide what's important and what's necessary for you to live a full life. If that's writing, then write! If that's something else, then go do that.



How to Write a Grad Paper

The way they tell me to write a grad paper 1. Explain the history of the problem (3-ish pages)

2. The problem/ "Thesis" (1 page)

3. Testing it out/Test it against text (12-ish pages)

4. How does this change things (3 pages)


The way I write a grad paper (in 20 steps)

1. Gather materials from the library (minus 3 books because I can't find them).

2. Discover google scholar. Try to find remaining materials but find nothing.

2. Cry.

3. Check my Facebook to see if my friends have written their papers yet.

4. Realize they have.

5. Take funny pictures of myself to send to my friends who have already done their work.

6. Look at my sources and cover them all in post-it notes.

7. Type up the sources I need.

8. Eat a Lean Cuisine.

Day 10

9. Look at my sources.

10. Cuddle in my blanket and pray I don't have to write it.

11. Get drunk & come up with thesis.

12. Write thesis down.

Day 40

13. Oh no.....


15. Whew. Drink coffee. 2 am. Done?

16. Create Works Cited.

17. Print.

18. Have my MFA friends edit my paper.

19. Cry.

20. Hand it in.