It’s the new year, and one of my resolutions (I only have two) will be to actually post on my blog regularly.
I’ve decided that writing a thesis is not quite the equivalent of having teeth pulled, but it’s similar in the fact that you dread it before you actually get to it, it’s possibly painful during the process and you feel a profound sense of relief once it’s done. I have been having a hard time really getting into it. Call it writer’s block if you want. How to get past it? I will try this afternoon – put on some good hard rock (that you can’t sing to and therefore will work well as background noise to block everything else out) and just sit down and find a place to start writing, wherever that is. Sometimes that’s the easiest for me, even if I then later have to connect two parts of one long story or paper. I know once I get started I will have no problems, but it’s the getting started that is always the hard part for me.
For others who have writer’s block, just googling the term turns up a mind-boggling amount of results (as with most Google searches). However, the Purdue OWL lists some things that might help, though it seems aimed at research papers and school work rather than creative writing (which I would much rather be doing today). Writer’s Digest, which I enjoy reading very much, has some interesting tips as well, and these are from fellow writers. Here’s some other creative ways to beat it.