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5 Rules On How To Increase Creativity When Writing A Paper

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Think creatively

Think creatively

Master students experience writer blocks quite often simply because they are not passionate about the subject they write about. Now if you just started writing your project on a subject matter that you are not ‘crazy’ about I would try to circumvent you to change your topic. But let’s suppose that I don’t want to do that. Let’s just say, for the sake of the argument, we have to deal with what we’ve got. How would we go about increasing your creativity when writing a thesis or any other research paper?

Certainly, the students and scribes of the olden days had more trouble since they wrote on tablets and then on really thin paper and then with a pen that you had to keep on dipping in ink, making sure that there are no blots on their final output. Not to mention, that they would probably also had limited research materials. In that line of thinking, we are all luckier nowadays with so much resources right at our fingertips. With these thoughts in mind, that empty space on your monitor does not look so terrifying after all. I can try to help you with the challenge, but I have got some rules for you to follow to gear up for that paper you need to finish.

Rule No.1 – Keep a positive attitude

Sometimes, you may feel that you do not know where to go after you have decided on, or been given the topic you need to write on. It is a pain to be stuck with just the idea in your head without knowing where to go afterwards. Just expect these kinds of setbacks here and there. Make a note of them and move on. There is no reason for you to feel embarrassed.

Also, remember that when you keep on processing ideas in your head, the more common attitude is to keep sifting through them until you think that something might or might not work. Instead of using this approach, I recommend that you try your ideas first before completely dumping them. In other words, don’t try to focus on what won’t work, but take an idea to the next level. Research thoroughly and see which of the ideas you like best. You can never find out if the idea is perfect until you have gone the mile with it.

Rule No. 2 – Use a fresh perspective to look at common problems

When you hit a bump in the road, always try to sit back and look at the problems as though with a beginner’s insight. If you cannot find the answers on your own, look outside of yourself and your convenient resources. What you can do is to invite input from other people. For instance, if you are unsure as to how to organize your thoughts or research ideas and put it all in writing in a coherent and cohesive way seek some help from your classmates or family members or go to your old English professor and ask for guidance. This sometimes can lead to breakthrough ideas. You should also take advantage of using online forums, social networking sites to help you build that fresh perspective.

Rule No. 3 – Do not be afraid to be wrong

The human mind is a marvelous creative machine that can only be encumbered by what norms the society sets. Once you have let go of the thinking that you have to prove yourself right, you can let your ideas wander freely. Therefore, keep an open mind as much as possible and you will quickly find out that it can lead you to new and great ideas.

Rule No. 4 – Keep on developing ideas

A simple sentence that you read out loud leads you to a judgment on whether it is right or wrong, not only for yourself but for other people who will read it. This alone prevents you from continuing with the thought, especially if you are unsure as to how that notion will be viewed. Even if in the end you let go of this thought, you will never know what other reflections may have come out of it if you did not expand on it. The bottom line is to keep encouraging new ideas and try to withhold your hasty judgment as much as possible.

Rule No. 5 - Queries are always, always good

Like one of my mentors says you need to “stay insatiably curious, flexible, seeking, acquiring, and processing ideas and information”. Remember, you can never find the answers until you ask and actively search for it.

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One Response to “5 Rules On How To Increase Creativity When Writing A Paper”

  1. Venilla@Vennila Rajaguru PushpanathanNo Gravatar says:

    January 16th, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Increasing and even sustaining creativity while writing a paper is indeed a challenge. Especially when the paper is based on research details and calls for empirical data/evidence.

    But to weave progressive ideas with prevailing data is the task at hand for many in work places and academics. The 5 pointer rule to creativity is a good technique to remind ourselves to stay on track inspired, positive and never be afraid of being wrong.

    The fear of being ‘Wrong’ is a natural fear which can only be surmounted by experience, by being wrong before we learn what’s right or appropriate for a given situation; and of course if we’re lucky enough to get timely guidance and advice of an experienced mentor.

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