Getting Back into the Groove & Overcoming Writer’s Block

bloHaving written numerous articles throughout the past year, inevitably, there comes a time when writers come face-to-face with their worst enemy, writer’s block. Have you ever been plagued with writer’s block or become stuck on an assignment and incapable of moving forward? How do you get rid of writer’s block and back into the motion of producing exceptional work on a regular basis? Returning back to school after a long, sunny and relaxing summer break can be difficult and has also led to us become used to a more lax routine. Settling into our books and focusing can be especially difficult during this time of year. So what exactly can we do to overcome this obstacle?

Most people’s gut reaction to overcome writer’s block or any other form of mental blockage would be to head directly online, but this can lead to more distraction and disturbance with your already overwhelmed thought process. One not so obvious solution to this dilemma can be meditation. One of the main reasons for writer’s block is not actually because we are void of thoughts, but because there is too much going on in our minds. Once you are out of meditation, and have voided yourself of unnecessary thoughts, you will inevitably center your mind and become more focused. Thus, you will be better able to concentrate on your assignments and projects. Brainstorming, concept mapping, asking a friend are all helpful tactics to get yourself back into the groove for a productive school year. Maintaining a tangible human interaction allows your brain to work in a different way than it would by solely going online. Rather than reading something on the net, speaking to someone and maintaining that human interaction will allow you to create an organic exchange as opposed to artificial ones. Visualizing your future, dedicating time to your goals, exploring all your options and being open to new learning experiences are all crucial factors to your ultimate success.

Additionally, positive exchanges with fellow students, university clubs, friends and teachers will assist you greatly if you are feeling static during the semester. The most important thing to remember is don’t be discouraged when you are studying and trying restlessly to complete an assignment and feel like your going nowhere, this happens to everyone! Changing your environment definitely brings about changes to your mind and can help you be more successful in the long run. Having your phone or a notepad handy to jot down notes or thoughts are also great tools. If you try using more holistic approaches while studying, you will definitely see a difference in terms of centering your mind and your thoughts. I wish you all a great start to a new semester and the best of luck in your future endeavors! Writing for the McGill CaPS Blog during the 2014-2015 year was truly enjoyable and I hope my advice assisted with your study habits, questions about graduate school and online privacy queries!

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

-Winston Churchill



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