Priceless Writing TipsMyth Busters Fan Club: Writer’s Blocks Do Not Exist

writers blocksDo you agree that there are no such things as writer’s blocks?
In professional jargon, a writer’s block is a mysterious condition that paralyzes the writing process. Symptoms include staring blankly at the screen or paper and not getting any new words out. There is, however, a wonderful cure to all these symptoms.
And that cure is… understanding that writer’s blocks do not exist outside of our imagination.

The Miraculous Cure for Any Writer’s Block

Even though writing requires much creativity, there are at least 3 reasons why you simply can’t afford to suffer from imaginary ‘writer’s blocks’:

  • deadlines;
  • bonuses;
  • things to do after work.

The real reasons hiding behind the mythical blocks are usually laziness, boredom, fatigue or too strong emotions. This is why, every time the words ‘writer’s block’ nearly slip out from our mouths, we’d better stop. Stop and just be honest as to what’s the real cause of our procrastination.

Putting an End to ‘Writer’s Blocks’: 5 Amazing Tips

After we stop chasing the non-existent Muses and take instead full responsibility for our productivity, amazing things will happen. Here’s how we can make these important changes:

  1. Use intermediate deadlines. Sure, every project has its own deadline, but you can make your life easier by making your own plans. For example, you may want to complete 3 pages before dinner or before the football match starts.
  2. Use rewards. This one is associated with intermediate deadlines – get a special prize for meeting every deadline. For example, you may reward yourself with an apple after completing a page or with 5 minutes of social network browsing after you complete a chapter.
  3. Don’t wear yourself out. All-nighters and writing marathons can seem romantic only to students. The professional, such as you are, knows that exhaustion kills productivity. Listen to your body and always find enough time for good rest.
  4. Keep things easy. Sometimes we procrastinate with doing the tasks that seem undoable. If you feel that something you are going to start is pretty close to impossible, you’d better avoid thinking of every detail of the task first. For example, think of it as a mere literature review, not a 12 page literature review for a dissertation on Biochemistry.
  5. Go for inspiration with a club. Don’t even try to create something out of thin air. Do your online and offline research, collect and analyze facts, find contradictions or even try some brainy exercises. And you won’t even notice how you start writing as quickly as you can and trying not to miss the valuable ideas flashing like lightning in your head.

Please, let us know if you use these tips and still have an unexplained condition that could be called a ‘writer’s block.’ It could be a unique case, valuable for our research.