Writer's Block Success Stories

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taf889
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Writer's Block Success Stories

Postby taf889 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:59 pm

I've gone through 8 versions of personal statements and countless more edits/drafts. I simply cannot capture what I want to. Anyone have any ideas for someone who is utterly stuck?

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Re: Writer's Block Success Stories

Postby CorkBoard » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:31 pm

I just let mine come naturally to me. Happened when I wasn't thinking or stressing out about it, although I struggled with a topic for a while. YMMV.

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Re: Writer's Block Success Stories

Postby collegebum1989 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:31 am

I'd say don't obsess over writing style when first drafting an essay. Think about what you want to write and put it on paper. Once you figure out the topic, the scope and the main idea, you can iron out the writing style to make it aesthetically pleasing.

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Re: Writer's Block Success Stories

Postby 20130312 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:32 am

taf889 wrote:Writer's Block Success Stories


This one time, I was really unsure of what to write. And then it just came to me.

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Re: Writer's Block Success Stories

Postby CorkBoard » Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:13 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:
taf889 wrote:Writer's Block Success Stories


This one time, I was really unsure of what to write. And then it just came to me.

Beats writing a bunch of SPS just to write about something. I didn't say it worked for everyone (YMMV).

OP, is it the topic you are having problems with, or the writing itself?

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Re: Writer's Block Success Stories

Postby taf889 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:31 pm

CorkBoard wrote:
InGoodFaith wrote:
taf889 wrote:Writer's Block Success Stories


This one time, I was really unsure of what to write. And then it just came to me.

Beats writing a bunch of SPS just to write about something. I didn't say it worked for everyone (YMMV).

OP, is it the topic you are having problems with, or the writing itself?


Definitely the topic. I'm not sure if I have to write about why I want to go to law school, and because I'm writing a diversity statement, i'm having trouble finding a topic since most of them relate to my ethnic background and i don't want to crowd on the DS.

I am completely stumped and just cannot think of want i want to convey to adcomm.

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Re: Writer's Block Success Stories

Postby Dany » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:34 pm

Make your diversity statement into a PS.

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Re: Writer's Block Success Stories

Postby collegebum1989 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:51 pm

taf889 wrote:
CorkBoard wrote:
InGoodFaith wrote:
taf889 wrote:Writer's Block Success Stories


This one time, I was really unsure of what to write. And then it just came to me.

Beats writing a bunch of SPS just to write about something. I didn't say it worked for everyone (YMMV).

OP, is it the topic you are having problems with, or the writing itself?


Definitely the topic. I'm not sure if I have to write about why I want to go to law school, and because I'm writing a diversity statement, i'm having trouble finding a topic since most of them relate to my ethnic background and i don't want to crowd on the DS.

I am completely stumped and just cannot think of want i want to convey to adcomm.


Read the examples of personal statements on TLS, or even better, start giving people feedback on their personal statements. The process of critiquing other people's work was what enabled me to put my experiences into context.

Even if it doesn't help, reading other people's essays also helps become a better personal statement writer anyway, so it's always good to do that if your stuck in writer's block.




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