Doctoral level writing has its own peculiar academic rigidity even in the more creative fields of study. As a student of literature or creative writing, you may find yourself facing writers block and utter frustration right before a major assignment. Try not to fret too much and check out the following tips:
- Refer to the classics
- Work with others
- Ask your supervisors
- Clear your mind
Never try to reinvent the wheel. There are many themes in classic works of literature that you can look to and be inspired. To reach the PhD level in your field you should at least have a few favorite so look them over analytically. An idea should come to you which you can explore in your paper in greater depth.
As the ideas come to you, spend a few hours looking for ways that they relate to each other and novel ways you can express the connections you come across. Take breaks in between so that you don’t exhaust yourself but try to spend enough time altogether on the task.
Study groups don’t just help children with their assignments. Get together some other PhD students who want to help each other and you will have produced a mastermind that you can rely on when you feel mentally fatigued. Even if you’re a natural introvert and this idea seems distasteful it’s worth a try for the benefits it can potentially bring.
If ever you find yourself completely unable to figure out wheat is expected of you, try swallowing your pride and asking your professor what he or she means. This is not an option that everyone can explore but if you are one of the lucky few, please take it.
Having tried all other options and not found what you need, consider taking a break from books, computers and buildings and walking around in nature. Try to clear your mind for a bit and if this does not work for you, have a nap. Your brain never really lets go of its problems but while you sleep you allow it to attack them using all sorts of illogical connections that your conscious mind would never allow. This is where your genius level ideas will come from.
To write creatively you must allow yourself to think creatively so take what you need from the list and feel free to discard the rest.