PhD Survival Guide; Tips for overcoming writer’s block when writing an article

Doing a PhD, or working in other academia/science jobs, means lots and lots of writing, including writing scientific articles or manuscript. Despite having almost five years experience of scientific writing I still hit writing blocks frequently.  So these are my tips to overcome it: Do the small stuff first- Make sure you have finished the ‘small stuff’ first and have […]

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a thing… it is a completely real thing that is not made up by writers (who for the most part do make up fiction). It occurs when every inch of creativity has seeped out of your body, or when there is a confusing statistical result which your brain can not wrap its neurons around, or when you have a complete mental blank on a word that you swear you have used so many times it is in the ‘most used’ section of your vocabulary. It can and will happen to anyone who writes anything (no matter the genre). So here are my ten tips for getting through your writer’s block. 1) Have a trusty notebook- For a reason we may never understand, that sentence you have been stuck on since lunch time will magically structure itself just before you drift off to sleep, or as you are stopped in the car at the traffic lights. It is therefore essential that you keep a notebook with you at all times so you can quickly jot down the magic before it disappears again. Obviously if you are driving please pull off of the road before you write it down- safety first! You could also use the notepad on your phone if you are more tech savvy! 2) Shower- I am not sure why but so many of my best ideas have occurred when I am in the shower. I was […]

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