Thesis Writing: Managing the Writer’s Block

By | February 28, 2019

It’s the most dreaded part of the entire process – the writer’s block. Facing even a momentary obstruction, the natural flow of ideas can be a motivationally devastating. Defining it as moments of blankness as you push a pencil on your ideas and thoughts would mean giving it a shallow perspective. There is no cure for writer’s block, a fact that makes it all the more dreaded. However, every writer knows that the occasional blockage that he faces comes packaged with his career. So is the case with dissertation writers. 

Another perspective of writer’s block could be that it is a term that writers, of any genre and any interest, universally use to describe why they are unable (or unwilling) to write at a particular moment. Something stops them from making the cursor flashing on the left-most side of the screen to move to the right. It’s that ‘something’ that they latch on to and pin upon to what is known as the writer’s block. As a thesis writer, you too may face the syndrome from time to time. However, the real problem is not the block itself but the knowledge about removing it. Below are a few tips:

1. Find a Methodical Break: To break free from the writer’s block is not a one-time task. Sadly, there is no defined route to get over the obstruction. You have to find out your own key and try opening the lock bit by bit. Try approaching the problem step-by-step. First analyze the point of origin of the blockage; thereafter, proceed to the tip of the problem. 

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2. Read: Read something; read anything! When you are writing a thesis, a block can actually be a blessing in disguise for you. Think of the time when you are not able to pen anything down, as the time that you can utilize to learn more. Reading will also get you thinking and might end up breaking the point of origin of the impediment. 

3. Re-Read: Ok, so unofficially and unwillingly, you’ve landed up in a situation where you cannot write, even if you wish to. But why waste that time? A good way to utilize the disguised blessing is to read, proofread, and finalize your own work. Check for the points missing in your thesis or any new one that you can think about. 

4. Take a Break: Let’s face it; writing a thesis is not a child’s play. It’ is a lot of exercise for the brain. Therefore, it is required that you give yourself a break and take some rest. Put everything aside and go for a walk. A little bit of rejuvenation can help you think better and thus write better.

Most of the times people mistake plain boredom to be a writer’s block. Therefore, if you think that you too are facing such a situation and need to tell monotony from hindrance in your dissertation writing endeavour, just stop working for some time and let your thoughts run where ever they wish to. If you are able to think about things related to your dissertation, it’s not a writer’s block.  

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