Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chats, Doodles and Deadlines: The Cures for Writers' Block

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chats, Doodles and Deadlines: The Cures for Writers' Block

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THERE'S nothing worse than a looming deadline and an essay that just won't happen, writes Tina Bexson.

But help is at hand for those moments when the ideas stop flowing.

Hannah Steinberg, psychologist and Professor Emeritus from University College, London, says that most people tend to either "engage in physical exercise or press on regardless and write rubbish until something more coherent comes along". "But," she says, "I have found one of the best methods to beat writers' block is to go and have a conversation about it." It seems that a quick natter with your housemates about the nightmare you're having may help spark ideas.

So can moving to a new location, be it another room or a different environment entirely. "It can be anywhere that will give you a different perspective and help you relax. You're not tied by the habitual situation of sitting at the desk with a computer or pen and paper," says Dr Geoff Lowe, health psychologist and creative writing tutor at Hull University. You're unlikely to find the library the most relaxing place to work, so don't be afraid to abandon it for the relative comfort of your study bedroom. …

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