Monday, July 22, 2013

5 tips to get rid of Writers Block and get that assignment done

Stuck in a rut with your writing? Assignment due next week? Here are some tips to get rid of writer's block and start the words flowing again. 

1. When do you do your best writing?
Keep a log of when you produce your best writing. Is it late at night? Do you need silence in your surroundings? Think about the times you have been able to write in the past and try to replicate those writing conditions.

2. Set small writing targets
When tackling a writing task just seems too much, begin with a small goal. This could be as little as writing 100 words on the given topic. It doesn't have to be perfect, just get a few sentences down. If that even seems too big a task, try writing a simple outline that includes different parts of the assignment. Use subheadings to break down the larger topic. You may find that once you get started, you keep going. 

3. Relax. 
You know that you can write. You've done it plenty of times before. Throw the negative self-talk out because you can do this. Relax by making your writing space as comfortable as possible. 

4.Reward yourself
Make writing fun by rewarding yourself. Each time you complete a writing goal, give yourself a small reward. For example, if your goal is to write a paragraph, reward yourself with a coffee. The more challenging the goal, the bigger the reward. 

5.Aim to write regularly
I'm not talking about editing or writing a few words then checking Facebook or the online news. I'm talking about producing new writing for 15- 30 minutes daily. This new writing will most likely be the task at hand but can include free writing on other topics including posts in a blog. The aim is to make writing a habit and therefore through practice, making writing easier and avoiding writer's block altogether. 

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