Stop procrastination and stop writer’s block. Get rid of what’s holding you back and get your thoughts on paper.

I’ve long suffered from writer’s block and procrastinating so I’m using this technique to write this very post. I like to call it Chaotic Speed Writing because it sounds cool… maybe not. =/

Many people have trouble with writing and it’s because they don’t start writing. Nothing can be more intimidating for a writer than staring at that blank white screen with the blinking cursor laughing at you. You don’t have any ideas, you’re worried because your paper has to be 3 million pages long, and you’re about ready to have a panic attack. So what do you do?

Write anything.

Just start writing out your inner dialogue if you have nothing about your subject to write down.

Quickly write. Don’t worry about formatting, fact checking, or even whether your sentences are vaguely coherent to another human. Just get it down on paper, or on the screen.

One thing I look to do during a chaotic writing session is type a ton of questions. I type things like, “why are things this way? if you could have any knowledge given to you, what would it be? what are some things about this subject which annoy you?” When you start a new thought, start a new paragraph.

After 30 minutes of writing, look at what you have. Is there anything useful? If there is, you can start building on those thoughts. Follow up on your questions.

  • Give me an example of a chaotic speed writing session!

Let’s say for instance, you have to write a 6 page research paper on Benjamin Franklin. Now to be honest, I’m not that strong on History. I only know the same facts every other American learned growing up in school. Benjamin Franklin was a founding father of the United States, he invented several things, he went to France a lot, the lightning story… etc.

That’s hardly enough for a paper so where do we go from here?

First: Ask yourself questions about your subject.

I’ll give myself

    TWO MINUTES

to type as many questions as I can about Benjamin Franklin…. and GO!

Who is he?
Where was he born?
When was he born?
How did he die?
What were some major accomplishments when he was young?
…and older?
How many kids did he have?
Who was his wife?
Did he learn foreign languages?
How many languages did he know?
Why was he a founding father?
What did he invent?
Did he fight in any wars?
What books did he write?
Who are his descendants?

Step 2. Answer your questions.

Now. I’m not going to answer all of these questions about Benjamin Franklin in this post because this is just an example, but you should hopefully get the idea by now. Once you start looking up and filling out the answers to all these questions, you’ll quickly start developing a lot of meat to your paper that was blank only a few minutes ago.

Also notice how I asked a question about him that pertained to my interests. I asked if he knew foreign languages. This is my biggest hobby so it would be interesting to be to learn about the languages he knew and how he learned them. Interest is a driving factor in getting a lot of writing done. I would probably be able to get a good half a page out of his language learning and how that was relevant to his work in France.

Still short on pages? Do another speed writing session to ask more questions. Now that you’ve been researching for your previous questions, you should have a ton more questions to ask about your topic.

Hopefully this helped some of you get rid of your writer’s block. Good luck!

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