Many of us feel scared and shy to jump into the fray, but sometimes the best medicine for getting out of the rut is to just do it.
This is easier said than done, though, and requires rethinking how we approach writing.
There’s a tendency to prioritize facts and information, hoping that they will make sense once they’re on a piece of paper.
Personal experience and hours of talking with professors have shown that the opposite is true.
I’ve seen many students complain about writing assignments because they can’t seem to find a clear direction or come up with an idea, this is especially the case with more open-ended writing assignments.
Students stress out of fear of coming up with ideas that are either “unimpressive” or “stupid.” In many cases, this anxiety boils down to factors such as self-confidence or strictness of a professor, not lack of skill.
You’ll quickly realize during the first few minutes that you may lack knowledge on specific details, are unsure about your thesis statement, or feel as though your argument is not coherent.
The important thing is that instead of just deleting those sentences and passages, highlight them and add the corresponding comment using your word processor.
Instead of listing sources and facts, begin with an idea.
Work on the concept or group of ideas that work towards the narrative you want to present.