Ladies and gents, boys and girls, here I am. I find myself at that dreaded yet pivotal point where the pen and pad do not see eye to eye or align perfectly. Indeed, I am at that point where all of the words, phrases, or scientific terminology I need do not come easily.
Alas, dear reader, I have come down with what writers typically call writer’s block. I know what you may be saying, how is it that you have all the time and writing skill one needs to draft a blog about writer’s block and still have writer’s block, but dear reader, trust me, for some odd reason, I can’t for the life of me finish this dissertation. Indeed, in the world of academia, this dissertation is considered a critical rite of passage that every individual has to go through if they ever aspire to become a Doctor of Philosophy, also known as a PhD holder.
Ladies and gents, I didn’t think that it was going to be this tough finishing a dissertation, but quite frankly it is. Writing then rewriting. Revising then getting approval from your dissertation committee is a handful to say the least. Now I know what you may be saying, STOP making excuses and get it done, but if you could walk a mile in my moccasins, you’d realize its hard too.
But at the end of the day, I am hanging in there, I finished chapter 3 of five a little while ago. I now need to simply complete the remaining two chapters of my dissertation to get my PhD. Wish me luck and stay tuned for more details of my dissertation journey. I’ll keep you posted.
Here are some tips that may help you with your writer’s block. First things first, write something, anything. Indeed, if you can’t write what you aspire to write, write something at least. I found in my past that if my writing wasn’t pitch perfect or without flaw, then I wasn’t going to write. However, this approach or attitude is foolhardy. Armed with this approach, I got nowhere quick. In writing as in life, sometimes you have to make a move even if it isn’t perfect. It is said that a thousand mile journey begins with one step. I think it is the same way with writing. Don’t be afraid to make the first move. Write something….anything. Get the pen moving.
The second tip is to write in a piecemeal fashion. Indeed, you don’t have to write the great American novel on the first shot. Start with a solid page, paragraph, or perhaps even just a sentence. Writing becomes easier when it is done in chunks. Space out your writing material, it makes it easier and more manageable, trust me.
Lastly, it is important to reward your self for making a move and writing something even if it isn’t perfect. The reward will give you momentum and confidence to keep writing. Momentum silences the critics (at least temporarily) and arms you with confidence to keep the pen moving. So dear reader do not be dismayed by writer’s block, it happens. The more important question is how are you going to deal with it when it occurs. I hope this post helps you in this regard…