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STUDENTS Beat Writer's Block


ELA: Writing Study Skills & Tools ^21st Century Skills All Ages Strategy


Flexible Thinking Organization

STUDENTS Beat Writer's Block

If you can't seem to get started writing, especially if you have time constraint

How To Apply It!

  1. When you get writer's block, either getting started or feeling lost for what to do next; use concrete, reliable strategies to mentally prepare yourself to write.
  2. Special Writing Pen. Find a pen that "feels right" to you, so the physical act of writing is more enjoyable. Some pens are just physically easier to write with. Generally pens have a greater flow than pencils.
  3. Special Writing Place. Just as many students have a favorite spot to read, try to discover a favorite spot to write. Don't hesitate to change your spot if you feel stuck. A change of environment might help.
  4. Once you start writing, don't put the pen down (or take fingers off the keyboard) until it is time for a stretch or snack break. Keeping your pen in hand will help you stay "in the moment".
  5. Remind yourself that not every word needs to be perfect your first time through. Writing is a multi-step process, so focus on getting your thoughts down. You can edit later.
  6. If you feel anxious, grab a stress ball or other fidget toy for your non-writing hand and relieve some of that nervous energy.
  7. If the assignment isn't due immediately, know when it's a time to take a break. If the ideas won't flow walk away. Unlike many other tasks which you can finish if you try hard enough, pushing yourself too hard on the creative task of writing might not help.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Writing requires the generation of your own ideas, in contrast to many other academic tasks which are more about understanding or retention. Create an environment that supports creative thinking. Experiment and discover what works best to get your ideas flowing.