Summary: Writer’s Block is a result of poor planning and feeling overwhelmed as a result. Here’s how to overcome writer’s block and ensure your success in exams.If you find yourself struggling to write your term paper, prepare a report, or some other writing assignment, the following might help. Here’s the problem.
- When we think about writer’s block, we tend to focus on the actual writing.
- How can I write more words, how can I write faster, and, of course, how can I get started?
- We’re looking at the mechanics of writing. Press keyboard, enter words, and so on.
How do we avoid this?It’s to do with planning. A lot of writing is pre-writing and then re-writing.
- Pre-writing is what you do BEFORE you start and
- Re-writing is what you do AFTER you’ve written the first draft.
- Watch the play to understand the storyline.
- Write down sentences that strike a chord with you.
- Keep these words in your pocket or on your phone.
- Look at them during the week. Let them simmer away in the back of your mind.
- Listen to MP3s, interviews with actors, podcasts and so on.
First ImpressionsWrite down a one-page summary of the play. Nothing fancy, just get it on paper. Do this by hand, by the way. Somehow it works better.
StructureDivide your essay into an intro, main, and conclusion. In the main section, create several sub-headings. One idea, one heading.
First DraftStart populating each of the sections. Don’t worry about grammar, format, and spelling too much. Get words on paper. Let it sit, even for 30 minutes.
Second DraftExpand of the sections. Start to link the sections so the narrative flows from one section to the next. Add quotes and references.
Third DraftComplete each section. Let it alone. Try to let it sit overnight.
ReviewReview in waves.
- The next day, review the essay. Don’t do it in one single review session.
- In the first pass, study the meaning of the text. Does it make sense?
- In the next, look at the grammar.
- Then the typos and formatting.