Symptom #1 You have come across a last minute paper and wish to write it without any preliminary outlining or brainstorming.
- Cure-Jot down your primary ideas and connect them with smaller thoughts. This will also help you create a working outline as it is easily convertible and will give you a starting point to the paper.
Symptom #2 Boring, boring, boring! The topic you have to write about has no interest to you what so ever.
- Cure-Learn to personalize the topic more towards your liking. If possible interlink it to something you enjoy and the writing will flow much easier.
Symptom #3 You are in a rush and deep down really do not want to spend the time to write.
- Cure-Give in to the idea that you absolutely must write this assignment either way.
Symptom #4 You are anxious to get started
- Cure-Develop rituals and success strategies to relax nerves. Examples are chewing gum, listening to music, etc.
- Focus your energy to the task at hand!
Symptom #5 What most college students feel at one point or another----STRESS!
- Cure- Just BREATHE! Take a moment to stop, stretch, and focus your breathing to calm yourself. Think of calming thoughts so as to not get even more worked up over the writing.
For more general tips and strategies for Writer's Block you should check out this site: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/567/02/
The OWL at Purdue (1995-2009). Writer's Block/Writer's Anxiety. Symptoms and Cures for Writer's Block. Retrieved April 17, 2009 from: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/567/01/
Ehow.com (2009) How to Overcome Procrastination and Writer's Block. Retrieved April 17, 2009 from: http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/2162125/Procrastination-main_Full.jpg