Advice for Student Writers: Writer’s Block Is Real

Calvin and Hobbes

 

Writer’s block is real. That’s all. Writer’s block can only be overcome by writing. As Anne Lamott wrote in Bird by Bird [affiliate link], “writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.” Let this be an encouragement to you, dear student writer. Write really, really bad first drafts. You won’t be able to edit a blank page, so put some thing down on those pages. Write in winding, disjointed, and meandering sentences. Write out all the things you need to. Write something awful, but at least write. Then you have to revise that into something meaningful and beautiful. Turn in the revision (maybe your third or fourth revision) later in the semester.