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Symptoms and Cures for Writer's Block

Summary:

Help in overcoming writer's block and a short series of exercises to get you writing.

Contributors:Sean M. Conrey, Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2011-07-06 10:03:26

Because writers have various ways of writing, a variety of things can cause a writer to experience anxiety, and sometimes this anxiety leads to writer's block. Often a solution can be found by speaking with your instructor (if you are in school), or a writing tutor. There are some common causes of writer's block, however, and when you are blocked, consider these causes and try the strategies that sound most promising:

Symptom

You have attempted to begin a paper without doing any preliminary work such as brainstorming or outlining...

Possible Cures

Symptom

You have chosen or been assigned a topic which bores you....

Possible Cures

Symptom

You don't want to spend time writing or don't understand the assignment...

Possible Cures

Symptom

You are anxious about writing the paper...

Possible Cures

Symptom

You are so stressed out you can't seem to put a word on the page...

Possible Cures

Symptom

You're self-conscious about your writing, you may have trouble getting started. So, if you're preoccupied with the idea that you have to write about a subject and feel you probably won't express yourself well...

Possible Cures

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