First you’re tapping the end of a pencil on a blank page or hovering and wiggling your fingers over the keyboard. Then comes the frequent stares at the ceiling, a bite to the corner of your bottom lip, and your eyes widen. You look down at your paper one last time before you finally direct the pencil point to the line or move your finger closer to the keys, then.. NOTHING.
Writer's block can be a bitch.
This may seem strange but sometimes its equally or even more painful (for me at least) trying to have control over the millions of thoughts that's bouncing up and down in your head but not quite ready to explode on paper. What do we call the opposite of writer's block?
You know its there. Figuratively, its at the very tip of your tongue, but you're having a hard time getting it out. With literary devices of all sorts littered around you, you're anxious to pollute your script with words but just don't know where to begin? Maybe it's because you worry about starting something you may never be satisfied about completing. Your fear about wanting it to be perfect and not leaving out anything is preventing you from actually starting. I know this feeling all too well. You're not alone, trust me I've been there.
My advice to you is, just start. Give it a try. The only way you're sure to finish anything in life is by starting. This applies to writing essays, poetry, letters, or blogs. You're never going to know how great you are unless you apply yourself.
Don't stress too much about it either. You are not the only one who sometimes don't feel "inspired." and consequently think writing is too difficult. A lot of successful writers have had "uninspiring" days. But, they don't just lounge around in self pity waiting for inspiration to find them. No, they start writing anyway. Let your inspiration come from within. I've learnt to create my inspiration and be my own motivator. For me, it comes from within ninety (90%) percent of the time.
Whether you're writing your college admission essay, trying to start your own blog or taking on a bigger project like writing your own book, you're going to have to start somewhere. If it's a writing assignment for school, you're most likely going to have a specific topic with specific instructions to follow. No matter the subject matter, the key thing is to think it through. Plan your essay as much as you could before you even begin. It's always good to write your first draft like its the final piece. By this I mean, give it your all, then work your way backwards, editing, re-reading and editing again. Organization is key in order to have a well done essay. Even having a fresh pair of eyes read your piece can help. This provides you with useful feedback, even helping you see things you missed out.
Always imagine yourself as the reader and not just the author. Don't rush it down, but think of the impact it would have on your reader(s) and remain focused until the end. Sometimes this may mean taking a break from it then revisiting. Don't worry that's all in it, just don't stay away too long to lose your motivation.
I've always fell in the category of people who become overly excited about writing to the point that they're overwhelmed with different ideas and confused as to how to put it on paper. Is that weird? Well, I'm proud to be speaking to my fellow weirdos here. I wish I had someone years ago to give me tips when I found myself in this predicament.Luckily, I'm here and I'm sure there are hundreds of other bloggers out there too, who would love to assist you. If, for e.g. you do need help, you can send me the specific topic that you would like to get some tips on, and I'll be happy to provide, to the best of my ability, help more so with the construction of the essay than actual content.
I was once a student who, even though English and Literature were my favorite subjects (and I did well in both,) would be sitting in an exam room, anxious to start writing but not going anywhere too fast. To me, the way you begin the essay sets the tone for the overall essay. I wound end up re-writing my opening sentences over and over and over again. No I'm not even exaggerating by repeating "over and over" like that. I quickly realized however, this method not only took up too much time but it wasn't even healthy. All I really needed to do was relax. Take it one step at a time, and figure out exactly what I wanted to convey. Once I got over that hurdle, which took up the first half hour of my exam most times, my thoughts would flow. But this isn't healthy, and if we can prevent it then let us.
When it comes to long-form writing, all it takes is the right frame of mind to start. Where you write is also important. There are some writers who are unable to work unless there are no distractions. On the other hand, some would say that writers should be able to write anywhere, oblivious to our surroundings, mentally blocking off all distractions and getting lost in our own creative world.
What most of us have come to terms with is that the only sure way to write, let alone have anything published, is by putting our pens to paper, butts to seats or fingers to keyboards and just start to write. Don't write while stressed because it will show. The beauty and sometimes downfall of writers is that the words speak for themselves and so we may feel the same way you felt while writing it. Words evoke emotion. So try to enjoy writing and it will speak for itself.
I can go on and on with possible steps I think helped me but the best advice I got was from an English teacher when I asked him "Sir where to begin?" His reponse was "all I can tell you child is at the top of a new page." Hope that helps ✏️📖