If you’re a literature major, the chances are that you’re already experienced in writing. And of course, you already know the most common techniques of fighting writer’s block.
But the higher the level, the stronger the challenge. Some well-known easy tricks may not work as well as before.
Majoring in literature can be tough even for a dedicated book worm because of the amount of creative work it requires. If your writer’s block is here again, and all the known cures don’t work, it’s high time to look for new tips.
We have collected some of the best advice and adjusted it to the specific needs of literature majors. Continue reading, and you’ll most probably find something that will work for you!
- Use Citations
When you don’t know what to write about, let the great authors speak for you. After all, isn’t it one of the main goals of studying literature – analyzing and drawing themes for discussion from literary works?
You can even build your whole essay or article on quotes. But you have to choose them carefully. Make an outline and then put the corresponding citations into each paragraph. They will be a base for your own text.
Don’t forget to format the citations in an appropriate way. First, learn how to cite a poem properly, and then feel free to use it! Remember to use quotation marks, breaks, and format in accordance with your university guidelines. If you decide to use this method, it’s better to find detailed guidelines.
- Engage In Discussion
Anyone needs a break from work once in a while. And though a cup of coffee in the solitude of your kitchen can be such a welcome break, we’re talking about something else: socializing.
Extraverts take it for granted: they just can’t be socially inactive for long periods of time. Introverts mostly rely on their own resources. But no-one’s psyche is an endless source of inspiration.
If you’re a student, the best way to overcome writer’s block is to discuss your difficulties with your peers. They are as competent in the subject as you, but everyone’s perspective is different. Other people’s views can help you with some ideas. If you have other friends who also love literature, chat with them, and discuss your theme, too.
Specialized sites and forums on the internet are also a good option – for example, Goodreads is a perfect place to search for inspiration and share your opinions.
After such discussions, you will come back to work refreshed and stocked with new ideas. Just don’t forget to note them down!
- Try Freewriting
Freewriting (also spelled as “free writing”) is a popular technique to beat writer’s block. It was popularized in the 1970s by Peter Elbow.
Generally, freewriting is a non-stop, non-controlled writing process on any chosen topic for a set period of time. It’s not difficult at all. Yet, it has proven its high effectiveness in waking up the authors’ creative abilities.
The technique may seem to have similarities to the “stream of consciousness.” It’s a style of writing developed in the XX-th century and most notably used by James Joyce in “Ulysses.” The difference is that freewriting is a pre-writing technique, and stream of consciousness is a full-fledged writing style.
To try this method, you have to do the following.
- Find the right time and place – the freewriting process shouldn’t be interrupted;
- Brainstorm some topics that interest you;
- Start writing!
Remember that you shouldn’t stop before your set time. Don’t worry about what exactly you write as long as you produce at least some sentences unstoppably.
- Learn How Your Favorite Authors Overcome Writer’s Block
As a literature major, you probably know that writer’s block can strike anyone – including the celebrated authors.
Many of those whose creations we now study and analyze have been there, too. And the most have gotten out of it. Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Neil Gaiman, and other superstars of the literary world – if you’re sometimes stuck with your creative process, you’re in a good company.
Luckily, many of those great creators regularly documented their experience in letters and diaries (another good tip for you!). All you have to do is search for those documents in your college or university library or on the internet.
Literature, by itself is a great source of inspiration. If you major in it, you’re less likely to experience writer’s block than someone who works on less exciting topics.
Still, the amount of writing for such students can sometimes be overwhelming. If you’re feeling blocked once in a while, don’t panic. Just use some of our tips, and you’ll feel free to create again!