5 tips to solve writer’s block
Who does not know that? You have canceled all appointments, is motivated to the PC, has a stack of books in front of him and … NOTHING goes. Or you are in the middle of a job, the deadline is approaching and suddenly the head is swept like empty. The diagnosis is: writer’s block. It is extremely annoying, usually comes as a surprise and remains more or less long. Even if at this moment, like the lady down in the picture, you want to skip your frustration on the PC, there are more effective measures for dealing with writer blocks. Five measures to solve writer’s block, which always help me, I introduce you in this post.
First of all, it can actually be very liberating to swear the frustration of the soul. You can also try to force yourself to finally write something clever on paper. This will allow you to spend the next two hours and not go one step further. It is more constructive to keep calm. Especially if the deadline is close. Curious as it sounds, I think it’s important to acknowledge the writer’s block and assume that there’s nothing going on right now.
Look for the reasons
Once you’ve calmed down, look for the reasons why you’re getting stuck right now. They can be varied, but help to understand how you can solve the blockage. Possible reasons are for example (with me):
- You still know too little about the topic in which you want to write. Solution: First read and possibly get more literature.
- You have other tasks in mind that are urgently (he) to be done: Solution: Ggf. Do these things and, more importantly, set up a schedule where you can concentrate fully on the work
- You are listless and unfocused. Solution: Check your goals and attitude towards work and change if necessary.
- You are insecure about what has been written so far and are still having to write on it. Solution: Reflect the current state of the work. Questioning what is good and where you see weaknesses. Obtain an objective opinion or, if possible, consult the professor.
Especially if I’ve spent a lot of time with an assignment and the quality of the written can no longer properly assess or I run out of breath to hold out, it helps to gain some distance from work. Most of the time, one or two days at most, when I do something different and do not force myself to continue writing at work. Take some time, go for a walk, meet friends, do sports. If you are well-organized and not late in creating the work, then such buffers are definitely there. It is also helpful to set milestones at an early stage and to define at the beginning of the work what you would like to accomplish by when. If you have an overview of the status and progress of your work at any time, that also takes away the inner pressure.
Creating a scientific work is always associated with a certain pressure for me. This is due to the expectations of my clients, my own expectations and the fears of being unable to meet these expectations and demands. In order to be able to deal with it in the best possible way, various relaxation techniques have proven themselves. With me, reading (no matter what, just not on the subject), breathing exercises and meditation. But there are many more that are described in the linked article 9 relaxation techniques + 9 exercises for every occasion.
… and do not try to force yourself into something. That, in my opinion, is a very essential component. Have faith in you and your abilities that you will lead the work to a good or very good end. Even if things go hard or not at all, you keep saying, “I can do that. I know what I’m doing. I just lack the right information so I can continue working. “🙂 It helps me every time. Furthermore, I trust that if I am serious and diligent in dealing with a topic, I am also writing at least a good job. In other words, I am firmly convinced that where diligence is, success also sets in.