It occurs when a writer feels truly stuck and unable to write.
There are many possible causes, including anxiety, stress, or a simple lack of understanding of the material.
Writing is never a smooth process, and most successful writing proceeds in fits and starts.
Writer’s block refers to those greater-than-ordinary blockages.
Pay special attention to anything your instructors spent a lot of time on in class, that’s likely what’s very important.
The evidence you collect will help fill in the blank spaces on your outline. If you can answer that question, that evidence belongs in your paper. Now is also a good time to start your citations – there’s nothing worse than having the perfect quote but not being able to include it because you can’t remember where it’s from.
Try to group related ideas together at this stage to make writing transitions easier.
I have my favorite outline skeleton saved as a template on Word, it looks like this: As you can see, my outline has a lot of blank spaces in it. If your paper requires outside research, you can fill in your evidence with that.
Ultimately, most papers are asking you to make a point and then prove it – either through analysis of materials you’ve gone over in class or with outside research.
Your instructor almost certainly gave you a prompt that told you what to write about. There may be specific materials you need to address, or further clarification on what your argument should be.