It’s late at night, your textbooks are open and strewn about your desk, and all you want to do is get some sleep – if it weren’t for that paper due the very next morning. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there before. Nothing is worse than experiencing a bad case of writer’s block. It can leave even the most accomplished and adept writers feeling helpless at times. Thankfully, there are a few tricks and tips that will help get your creative juices flowing and your pen moving again.
This is some of the very best advice that’s ever been passed down by creative professionals. While it may sound strange, even counter-productive, to read a book by someone you completely disagree with, it will help lead your mind down avenues of thought it may not ever have travelled before. Even if you disagree with what’s being said, you’ll be pushing your mind to new limits and testing your own beliefs, which is a very important part of creativity, after all.
Sometimes, when attempting to formulate an argument or begin writing a convincing essay, you’ll have only a few ideas fully worked out. If you’re having trouble starting your essay, you may find starting in the middle to help jumpstart your creative juices. Begin writing about the topic or argument you understand most completely. By beginning by writing about what you already know (regardless of where it should be placed) you’ll be able to get started more easily. You’ll also give yourself some time to subconsciously consider your other arguments and be able to draw natural connections and conclusions based on your initial thoughts, which will help when writing the other parts of your essay.
If you’ve been doing nothing but studying for the past couple of days, your writer’s block may simply be a result of fatigue. If that’s the case, the very best thing you can do is take a short nap. Though you may doubt the effectiveness of a 30 minute cat-nap, you’ll awake to find yourself refreshed, full of energy, and full of creative juices. Remember, the mind is a muscle, just like any other: they’ll need rest and time to regenerate after long sessions.
And there you have it! These three simple tips are sure to get your creative juices flowing again in no time! Good luck, and happy writing!