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Some days when you have to write something it feels like it is impossible. As a writer who has spent their fair share of time punching that writer’s block wall trying to break it down, I want to share my tips with you. Before you bruise those knuckles any further, try these simple tricks to get past one of the most frustrating parts of the writing process, getting started.
If the writing is for a class, revisit the prompt and the material. Oftentimes we get an assignment and put it off so long that trying to start the paper is easier said than done. If a week has gone by since you talked about the topic you are asked to write about, it can be difficult to revert your brain to those days long passed. Looking back at the prompt and revisiting the subject matter you have to elaborate on can remind you of what you needed to write about and give you fresh ideas. Try skimming back over the readings, glancing at your notes, and letting the class discussions come back to you.
So you remember everything you learned and how to apply it the prompt, but you are still not sure how to get started. Never fear, writer’s block will succumb like any villain, we just have to stay resilient. Outlining your main ideas and supporting evidence gives you the chance to create a map for yourself that you can use to follow as you write your paper. It can be hard to know how to put all the information we need into the paper, but our handy dandy outline will lead the way. By organizing your main ideas into a set structure, you can keep track of exactly what you want to say and when to say it.
Now I know what you are thinking, how does this help if you never even got that far? Sometimes you just do not know what you want to write about at all. For this problem, I offer the simplest and yet least tried option to ending writer’s block: write. That is correct, I do in fact mean take out a piece of paper and a pencil and physically start writing. Write down every word, thought, phrase, or sentence that pops into your head. It will surprise you how quickly those things will flow into ideas that you can use to start forming your paper.
Starting a paper can feel like trying to get into an ice cold swimming pool, but nothing gets you used to that water faster than simply jumping right into the deep end. Take the time to look back over your materials and your exact purpose, try and outline what you want to address, and when in doubt, write it out. Writer’s block may be a frustrating aspect of the writing process, but it is nothing to keep you from completing a successful paper.