How To Overcome Writer’s Block

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Everyone experiences some form of writer’s block. It’s inevitable. Here are 3 tips that can help anyone jump start their writing process.

(1) Outline.

If your main problem is trying to figure out where to start or what more you can add to your paper, outline the paper first. Write out what you already know and continue from there. You don’t even need to outline in the order your paper is going to be written in. Write out your main points first, then your examples and quotes, and then your explanations. This may help you get into the mindset and make it easier to come up with an introduction. Remember, no one is going to see your outline except you.

(2) Write and then rewrite.

Sometimes the best way to get over writer’s block is to just put anything down and clean it up from there. Write whatever comes to your mind. It doesn’t even have to be complete sentences. It doesn’t even have to make sense. Just get words on paper. After you have a few sentences down or even a paragraph, go back and reread and rewrite. Try to make everything flow and make sure it would make sense to your reader.

(3) Write the way you talk.

If you have a hard time explaining a concept on paper, take the idea and pretend you are explaining it to a friend face to face. Then, write down what you said and exactly how you said it. Sometimes written concepts are better explained when they are simplified and not written out using “big” and “smart” words. However, if you are going to write the way you talk, make sure you go back and follow the second tip.

If you need more help with the writing process, please see our writing tutors available at all three campus libraries!

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