Have you ever encountered writer’s block? Ever felt evasive when it comes to academic writing? Or procrastinate until the last-minute submission deadline?
Do not worry. You are not alone. I have encountered writer’s block more often than I thought I would.
What are the main reasons one feels anxiety about academic writing or writing in general?
There could be several reasons for fear and anxiety. Here are some of the common causes:
1. I am not a good writer
This, hands down is one of the foremost causes of anxiety about writing. Not having confidence or faith in one’s writing skills can have a long-standing effect on a person. Having writer’s block could be misunderstood as the inadequacy of flair of writing. Sometimes we tend to compare ourselves with our fellow students or colleagues who seem very natural and good at writing. One may believe that no matter how much effort and hard work they put in, they can never attain perfection or good scores for the assignment.
2. Writing is not my cup of tea
It is expected that one refrain from practising things that we do not excel in or require additional effort. Writing may seem outwardly difficult (maybe impossible) and thus a time-consuming task. It can be challenging to stay motivated when an assigned task seems difficult!
3. Language resistance
You will inadvertently feel uncomfortable writing in English if English isn’t your native language. One may not have adequate vocabulary built to express their ideas and thought processes.
4. Lack of time
We are all busy multi-tasking and juggling work, family, and studies simultaneously. There is always stress and fear if you will be able to finish and submit the assignments on time. And the situation could get worse if you are a procrastinator (like me…) who would always run out of time on assignments.
5. I lack knowledge
There are high chances that you experience writer’s block if you are not well versed with the topic of the assignment or do not have a clear understanding. You will feel the pressure of necessity of correctness and formality inhibiting. You may seem lost trying to figure out where to start writing, lack original ideas and fear critical judgement if quality work is not delivered.
While it may seem to be a grave issue, there are simple ways with which one can conquer the fear and anxiety of writing.
Here are 5 simple ways:
1. Follow 3 R’s of writing
For effective writing, the first and foremost step is to follow the 3 R’s – Read, Research, Reread. When submitting assignments, one needs to be a pro on the topic. Knowledge is power. Read as much as you can from different sources. The more you research and read, the easier it will be to present your thoughts and ideas on the assignment topic. Visit various resources to solidify your thoughts before starting.
Once armed with the power of knowledge, practice mind-mapping. Start writing down ideas, create an outline and write bullet points. If you are more of a visual’s person, draw a flowchart of your ideas right from the introduction to the conclusion of the assignment. And then proceed to elaborate your thoughts on each of the points.
3. Start early
Never add another stress point to an existing stress mix. If you feel you run out of time, always give yourself leeway and start well in advance of the assignment submission deadline. This will provide you with more time to read and research and brew your ideas.
4. Practice makes perfect
To overcome one’s fear, sometimes the best remedy is to face it head-on. Practice your writing on other subject related ideas and get in the habit of formulating and practising presentations. In due course, you will feel comfortable and develop positive writing experiences.
5. Just start!
Turn away from any distractions that are stopping you from accomplishing your goal. Simply start writing, no matter what and get yourself started on writing. When you achieve this first step, congratulate yourself and jump to the next step.
I hope these easy five ways will help you overcome writer’s block. I know there are many other methods that might work or have worked better for you. Which method did you use?
We always have a forum where we are accountable to one another, we dub it as Shut up and Write. We network and say that we shall account what we have been doing for the three hours every Saturday. It also does the trick too.
Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for this instructive publication of a pragmatic case,I would just like to state that one should be confident but not overconfident.
Thank you Dany. I couldn’t agree more with you!
This approach has just consolidated my ability to do my assignments. Highly technical and professional, surely i will always apply and reference before submission.
Great and Cheers.
Hi James, I am glad that you found the blog useful. Good luck with your future assignment submissions! Cheers.
I agree with the sharing. If I had read this before, it would had helped me submiting better quality paper. Now that my end dissertation has been over, nothing I can do. For those who are still preparing theii assignments and/or dissertation, please follow the tips. Best luck!
Thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience with our readers.
Thank you for the great advice. Writing is always a challenge but i like the 3 R principle. te more well versed you are with the topic the better you are at writing about it and the more you reread the brighter the insights.
Absolutely agree with you. I diligently follow the 3 R principle myself!