September 6, 2020 TArnoldi

Drawing and writer’s block

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Ever stared at the screen with no clue how to begin to write your article. Maybe you have a deadline and the clock is ticking, and all you are left with is this growing frustration and fear that you are not going to make it. Your boss will look at you with disapproval.” Maybe I shouldn’t have hired you in the first place.” Soon after you probably will be fired. Well here is advice; stop panicking, you are interfering with your own work process. You are blocking the writing because you don’t let your right and left brain do their job.

So what do I mean by that?

Well, think of your brain as two different people working together.

Your left brain is a linear thinker. Left-brain is a stickler for details and often is your worst and best critic. Left-brain is a quality controller, which job is to make sure you don’t write crap.

Your right brain is a holistic thinker. Right-brain looks for the overall picture and doesn’t care about the details, as long as it all makes sense. Right-brain is great at recognizing the overall patterns, which is why we can tell the difference between a human face and a balloon.

To tap into your brain’s work process, take a piece of paper, and write your main topic in the middle. For those of you who are familiar with mind-map, know what I mean.

Now start writing snippets of text, which come to your mind, without worrying if it is a part of the beginning, middle, or end. If you can’t think of anything, draw something instead, related to your subject. By drawing you are tapping into right-brain thinking, which often helps the left brain to come up with words and sentences. The main purpose is not to interfere with your mind/brain at work, but instead, listen and take notes. The more you relax and have fun with it, the better.

“I hope it doesn’t sound too schizophrenic “.

A lot of songwriters use this technique. They pick up their guitar or sit at the piano and start improvised singing, and then writes down the words, not worrying if the words belong to the beginning or end of their song. After they have written enough down, they look at the text, as if it were a puzzle to see how to make the snippets of text fit together – in other words, they look for the overall pattern.

So after you have filled the paper with snippets of text and maybe some drawings, look at it and see if you can find the overall pattern. Usually, you will be surprised how all sudden everything falls into place with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

To learn more about this technique, I highly recommend the following book: Writing the natural way, written by Gabriele Lusser Rico.

I hope this article can help you, next time you run into a writer’s block.


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