Is There A Scientific Explanation for Writer’s Block And How Do You Overcome It?
What's the brain doing during blockage?
Mines the available research on the brain's activity during writer's block, searching for realistic practices to overcome impediments.
Notes that little psychology research has been performed, but a 2004 study out of Harvard studied hypergraphia: when the brain is so flooded with ideas that the person feels she must put them down on paper. Essentially, this is the opposite of writer's block.
The study suggests that writer's block is related to hypergraphia because the writer has the ideas in mind but cannot put them on the blank page. The problem of blockage is not an absence of material, but the feeling that the thoughts resist emerging with clarity in writing.
Some strategies seem to help in moving beyond block to true hypergraphia. Activities other than drafting help such as creating an outline or map, reading up on the subject of the writing, free-writing from a point other than the introduction, and removing yourself from the writing task for a while.
I am currently performing more extensive research on the subject and a feature article on the cognitive science of writer's block is coming shortly.
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Source is bloggingtips.com
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Darin L. Hammond