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Dealing with Writer’s Block

26 Feb

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Writer’s block is often caused by conflicted feelings. We want the writing to perfect, but we want the article done as soon as possible. We know what we know, but we don’t know what our readers know. We know how the article should sound, but we don’t have all the facts we need. We know what we have to say, but we are afraid that it won’t measure up to our expectation, our editor’s expectation, or our reader’s expectation.

Sounds familiar, huh? If you are writers, journalists, bloggers, students or anything you do based on writing, all of these feelings are normal and natural. Everyone finds writing a challenge.

When you are not just blocked, but you are stonewalled, try freewriting. Just sit down for 5-10 minutes and write down everything you can think about the topic. Without stop for the whole 5-10 minutes. Free yourself from paragraphs and sentences.

Right now, just writing down before you forget all data you have. If you can’t think of anything to say, write “blah, blah, blah” over and over. Just say it the way you think it. Once you know what you mean, it easier to refine the phrasings.

Freewriting is good for uncovering ideas. It’s a good way to find inspiration. But the main purpose of freewriting is you are moving. You are warmed up to continue your writing. When the block has passed (maybe not all, but some), you can rearrange ideas, put thought into complete sentences, edit, and polish.

“Writing about a writer’s block is better that not writing at all”
(Charles Bukowski)

 
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