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Recently, I have been struggling with writer’s block. In a career that requires a significant amount of writing, writer’s block can quickly become a problem. For the past two weeks, I have had difficulty coming up with topics and finding my creative muse, so, naturally, I felt inclined to understand the cause of writer’s block and how to overcome it.
I found and article by Lawrence J. Oliver, Jr., entitled, Helping Students Overcome Writer’s Block. It seemed fitting – Oliver had an interesting take on writers block, arguing that writer’s block is a byproduct of the way our education systems teach writing composition.
Students are taught (on a product-centered model) that writing is a linear activity, and by following the “instructions” in our textbooks (organizing, outlining, developing main points, constructing sentences, and editing), you create a quality piece of writing. Students spend most of their time learning grammar and conventions and reading “good” examples of writing, but don’t actually spend time composing their own pieces. Teachers don’t offer advice on the writing process – starting with generating ideas and ending in editing – rather, they critique the final product. Oliver argues that this practice is not the best way to develop writing skills and actually causes writer’s block.
You may be asking yourself why this topic is relevant; however, if you examine today’s business environment, there is a strong emphasis on writing blogs as a regular practice. By using Oliver’s advice on overcoming writers block with a new dynamic process of writing, you can streamline the writing process, which can be translated to other areas, such as blogging.
This is just a guide and this process may not work for everyone, but it will help some. Just as a side note: I wrote this blog using this process and it seemed to work for me. I have also had some of my colleagues use this process that have difficulty writing and they were successful. If you’re struggling with writers block, give it a try and see what happens. I hope it helps you overcome the nightmare they call writers block as it did for me.
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