By Gary Provost
This can be the single advisor that any one who writes--whether pupil, company individual, or specialist writer--should wear the table beside pencil, pen, typewriter, or note processor. jam-packed with expert assistance and a wealth of instructive examples, this beneficial, easy-to-use instruction manual will help resolve any and all writing difficulties.
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H. ”2 Establishing an unrealistic GET T ING STARTED AND OVERCOMING BLOCKS 57 goal for a ﬁrst draft can paralyze your mind. Lower your standards— temporarily. Arrange your writing schedule so that you know you can write a rough ﬁrst draft and have enough time to turn it into a ﬁnished product. That will reduce the pressure on you as you start to compose. If you still feel blocked—and you know it is psychological, not conceptual—change something about your habits: If you usually write at midday, write in the morning.
Second, in the editing stage, you shape what you have written to communicate it to an audience. When you sit down to compose, you have nothing to communicate, nothing, at least, about a subject of even moderate complexity, for you have not yet ﬁgured out what to say or even what TEN STEPS TO WRITING 39 you know. Just because you stare blankly at a piece of paper does not mean that your mind is defective; it is not a warning to take up another line of work. It means that your work as a lawyer is about to begin.
A psychological block is usually the result of having too many choices or being too much of a perfectionist. A conceptual block is usually a sign of inadequate preparation. V. A. Howard and J. H. ”2 Establishing an unrealistic GET T ING STARTED AND OVERCOMING BLOCKS 57 goal for a ﬁrst draft can paralyze your mind. Lower your standards— temporarily. Arrange your writing schedule so that you know you can write a rough ﬁrst draft and have enough time to turn it into a ﬁnished product. That will reduce the pressure on you as you start to compose.
100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost