The main reason for posting today is that I'm testing out whether or not my claims that I have writer's block are valid or not. Can I really use writer's block as an excuse for not completing my coursework assignments for my Creative Writing course?
I've got a serious problem of not knuckling down and finishing the two 6000 word assignments. I'm in a panic because the deadline for handing them both in is looming. 7th May is etched in my brain like an albatross around my neck. I'm seriously panicking here!
I tried to put my inability to function down to the the old writer's block but here I am writing away. So what is wrong with me? I've asked several people and the consensus says that either a) I am tired, or b) I'm stressed by the task or c) both of the above. As 7th May rapidly approaches I'm leaning toward c). But what can I do about it?
How can I get my assignments done in time and with the hope of gaining all A grades? The answer I'm told is easy and within me and only me.
1. Get Started
"One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. I have spent many months on a first paragraph, and once I get it, the rest just comes out very easily."
(Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
2. Grasp those ideas
"I carry a notebook with me everywhere. But that's only the first step. Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats."
3. Cope when the writing is bad
"I have to get into a sort of zone. It has something to do with an inability to concentrate, which is the absolute bottom line of writing."
5. Just Write!
"My block was due to two overlapping factors: laziness and lack of discipline."
"If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not--and the odds are against it--go to your desk, no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper--write."
(J. B. Priestly)
This is expert opinion. I'll read this over and over again and take action - soon.