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How to Start Writing A Term Paper With Writer's Block

  • Overview

    Most writers experience writer's block at some point. Lack of inspiration or understanding or an approaching deadline can cause a writer to shut down and lose his way. When looking at an academic writing project from the outside, it can appear too big to ever get through. When you have trouble getting started, there are several ways to break down the daunting task of term paper writing to make it manageable.
  • Plan Your Paper Before You Begin Writing

 
  • Step 1

    Know your subject. Make sure you are familiar with the topic on which you are writing. Reread the subject and take detailed notes. Being in control of the information will make it easier to produce insightful commentary on it. One of the most common causes of writers block in academic writing is lack of full understanding.
  • Step 2

    Write a thesis. The thesis is the paper's main focus. Everything you write is in support of this main idea. It may sound simple, but having a strong thesis will give your paper direction and make the task of getting started much easier. Once you have a firm grip on what your paper is trying to accomplish, you will be able to construct it effectively.
  • Step 3

    Write an outline. Building a basic outline for your paper is like creating a set of blueprints. Plan a step-by-step strategy for all the information you want to include. An outline will let you see a visual map of how your paper will progress. An outline should fill about one page. Include each topic you want to discuss, but leave out details. You will add these later when you flesh out your paper.
  • Step 4

    Begin with an Introduction. Introduce your paper with a paragraph or two. Tell the reader exactly what they will be reading about. This is a good way to keep you focused as a writer as well. The introduction should give background information and briefly discuss your main points. Ask a question that will be answered by your thesis. The main body of the paper will then support your thesis. Stay focused on that main question throughout your paper.
  • 4
  • Write a rough draft with pen and paper. Staring at a blank screen can intimidate writers, making it more difficult to get started. Try free writing. Force yourself to write for 10 minutes without stopping. What you write may be grammatically incorrect or misspelled, but it will get your brain working. Change your setting. Go outside or move to another room. This will change your perspective, which help get you thinking.
  • Write a rough draft with pen and paper. Staring at a blank screen can intimidate writers, making it more difficult to get started.
  • Try free writing. Force yourself to write for 10 minutes without stopping. What you write may be grammatically incorrect or misspelled, but it will get your brain working.
  • Change your setting. Go outside or move to another room. This will change your perspective, which help get you thinking.

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