Writer’s Block Tips

 

By Britney Pieta
All of us writers have experienced writer’s block and know the frustration it can cause when you are in the middle of writing a story that is just starting to get good. Here are some tips that can help not let anything stop your masterpiece from being finished.

Writer’s Block Tips:
According to: http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/tips/writersblock/
• Taking notes—jot down ideas and phrases as they occur to you. Free yourself from paragraphs and sentences for the moment—use flow charts, arrows, boxes, outlines, even pictures.
• Freewriting/Brainstorming—when you’re not just blocked, when you’re stonewalled, try freewriting. Sit down for ten minutes and write down everything you can think of about your topic.
• Piecework—sometimes, starting at the beginning induces Perfect Draft Syndrome. It may be easier to get started if you approach the task sideways. If you’ve got a plan for the article or manual, choose a section from the middle or a point you know well and start there.

My tips:
• Remember to relax before you start writing and during the writing process itself.
• Set reasonable small goals each week.
• Don’t worry about saying it perfectly right away, as the best ways to say something will be revealed with time.
• Choose one idea and see how it develops, if it doesn’t work well choose another.
• If choosing one idea is too difficult, ask those around you their thoughts on how something sounds.
• Keep in mind how you think your audience will perceive your writing and interpret it.

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