What To Write When You Don’t Know What To Write

Have you ever found yourself in a position when you can’t help but glare at the empty word document in front of you? Time is ticking by, and just when you know that your creative streak needs beckoning, it vanishes altogether.

So when you’re sitting there in a frustrated and uninspired manner, here are few tips that can help you swipe away the insipidness and provoke the much needed lightning to strike-


You are likely to face a bigger challenge if the topic on which you’re supposed to write is vague and ambiguous or worse, non-existent. If such is the case you should begin by looking up topics which make latest news headlines or something worth expressing a viewpoint on. You may also dig in-depth information about something which intrigues you, such as a certain cultural bound festival or the analysis of a good book that you’ve read lately.

In contrast it is relatively easy to work within the framework of a specified topic. In this scenario you must begin with having a sound knowledge of the background so that it makes it easy for you to understand its contemporary relevancy. For instance if you’re asked to write an essay on Syrian chemical warfare, you can start with a capsule timeline about all the humanitarian crimes which have taken place in Syria post 2013.


It is very apparent that the more you read, the more you broaden your horizons and open your mind. Therefore, in order to suffice the requirements of your paper, you must know how an eloquent piece is written. If you’re asked to write a descriptive essay, anything ranging from Rowling to Divakaruni can inspire you. If the question is to write an article, reading magazines like the Outlook or India Today cover to cover can always help.


Whenever I’m working on a research paper, I always make it a point by gathering as much information as I can through talking to people who are informative about the subject matter. For instance when I was working on article about the difference in living standards in a monarchy as opposed to a democracy (which I shall soon publish), I conversed and asked some hypothetical questions to people who take a keen interest in political science and our discourse raised plenty of important points. So if you’re no sure to what extent your perspective on a given topic differs from others, it’s always a good idea to ask as many knowledgeable people as you can, and better to give them the rightful credit.

If everything else fails, I’d suggest you always keep a notepad and pen or some similar writing medium by your side for you never know, inspiration has been to known to knock on many a door at odd hours!

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