Erm… what to write, what to write… Don’t you hate those days where you are ready to start writing up a paper but the moment your fingers stroke the keyboard nothing comes to mind? When you spent the whole day sorting out your feelings for the subject only to be denied it by your subconscious? A variety subjects have the same problem. An artist, for example, sits down to paint and finds her canvas blank after hours of recollection. How do we stop this wall from sheltering our own thoughts from us? How do you begin? Dynamite. Or for those who aren’t allowed explosives, hammers work too. Walls usually fall to these tactics. Mental brick walls need something just as affective. I recommend quotes, song and conversations with friends.
Here is one example of the three:
“You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they’re as dull as a brick? Then there’s other people, when you meet them you think, ‘Not bad. They’re okay.’ And then you get to know them and… and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personalities written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful… Rory is the most beautiful man I have ever met”
-Amy Pond, Doctor Who S06E010
Huge quote I know but some things work perfectly. Now what do you do? Now that you’ve found something to base your thoughts it’s time to investigate it. The main theme I got from the above quote is to: not to judge a book by its cover, that everything is not what it seems, mysterious, and who are things/people really? BAM! We found our thesis! If you combine these supposedly insignificant insights you can find something to base your paper on. But, since I’m mostly a fiction writer this thesis would help define a scene in the story than be the main topic. Thesis are essential in all forms of writing, and can help prevent writer’s cramp.
Thoughts are a peculiar thing. The more you think about it the more you tend to forget. But it you combine outside information with your topic, the easier it will be to write it down quickly and demolish that mental wall.