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What is writer’s block
“Writer’s block” or “the almost inevitable condition that has scared and still scares every type of writer”. This is the typical situation in which you find yourself stuck, unable to think of what to write, let alone write it down. It doesn’t matter if you’re Shakespeare or a shy and introverted newbie blog writer, it can happen to anybody to just stare at an intimidating white, empty page. It can come about at the very beginning of your article, novel, essay, or song, just as it can come in the middle of it and you don’t know how to continue and move forward. Or just when you think you’ve reached the end, you’ve reached the finish line…writer’s block! and there you are missing the ending, right at the peak. It can happen to you too. Or perhaps it has already happened and you have struggled for days, maybe weeks to conquer all that blank space in front of you. Now, the very first important thing that you can do about it is to acknowledge it, so don’t be scared, you can say it out loud: «I have writer’s block». So take a few minutes to yourself to wallow in misery; embrace it, abandon it and then proceed.
How to overcome writer’s block
Up until today, several techniques have been proposed and put into practice on how to overcome your writer’s block. Here are some evergreen methods that you can try right away and decide which one of these fits you best.
Freewriting and looping. These are two very similar techniques, which can help you brainstorm ideas, perspectives, paths and changes in your writings. Freewriting mainly consists in writing everything that comes to your mind in a preset time that you give yourself (it doesn’t matter if it’s something not related to your work, if all that comes to your mind is your cat sleeping on the rug behind you, just write it down!). On the other hand, there’s the looping technique, which is a type of freewriting in which you alternate writing with moments of reflection: you write for a minute, then you think for another minute, then you write again and then you think again, in a loop. This should help you move forward in your writing at each step.
Mapping and listing. These two methods are based on associations. You pick a topic and then you make a bullet list or a concept map (with boxes or circles, arrows going in all directions) with all ideas and notions related to that topic.
Cubing. This is another listing method, but that actually makes you write. You have to pick a topic and then you have to analyze it from all perspectives, as if it were a cube. Regarding this topic, you have to describe it, then make comparisons, make associations, analyze it, say how and in which field you can apply it or use it, pros and cons about it.
5Ws. You know these: Who, What, Where, When, Why. If you follow the 5Ws you will surely have an overview of what you need, because while writing, it can happen to lose you train of thought, your line of reasoning, you forget the purpose, the method, so you need to repeat to yourself the 5Ws to get back on the right track.
So these are the evergreen techniques you could apply to get through your writer’s block. Some might be more effective than others, some might not even work, some may be more suitable for you than others. A specific technique may work for a writer, but not for another writer. What works for you, may not work for another person and vice versa. Too many might and may? Okay, let’s face it: you need time to find out what method works for you, what’s the best technique and then you need more time to apply it, to do all the thinking and brainstorming and listing and mapping, time you don’t have. That is why things are changing, right here and right now.
How to overcome writer’s block with Artificial Intelligence
For some time now, the use of artificial intelligence software that help writers and bloggers to produce original texts has been gaining ground. The AI research laboratory OpenAI developed a series of what is called a language model, the last one released is named GPT-3. The model uses unsupervised deep learning, retrieving its information from analyzing the content that makes up its database. So, the software understands human language and assimilates it and then creates its own language, which sounds pretty human, and uses its own words, therefore creating an original content. Practically speaking, given an input of words, the system can predict which words can follow so as to self-complete and form a meaningful sentence. Therefore, it can generate a text starting from a single sentence and complete the rest of your writing. So no more staring at a white page, no more wallowing in despair, no more brainstorming techniques. Pretty cool uh?
Before GPT-3 the other language models were predictive enough to be useful for tasks such as autocompletion, but they didn’t have enough predictive power to generate a long sentence that followed grammatical rules and logical sense.
So, what’s the matter with GPT-3? This language model, given an input, generates the following words based on the probability that those particular words follow the previous one. In substance, it is based on probabilities of associations. What could possibly go wrong? Well…relying on probabilities, not real data, GPT-3 could generate misleading and untrue information. Like Pinocchio. Got it? No need to add more.
How to overcome writer’s block with Storykube’s AI
So writer’s block is the problem, the lack of time to apply techniques and think of a solution is an obstacle, AI can definitely help you, but GPinocchioT-3 is not that trustworthy, so what you really need is an AI with a superpower.
You need Storykube, writers’ new superpower! Storykube offers you fast, top quality, SEO optimized texts on any topic you choose, analyzing and searching verified real web data to produce original content in the language that you prefer. And you know why Storykube is the perfect solution? It does not use GPT-3. Storykube is based on its own AI, invented by us of course.
It’s easy to use: you just need to search for the topic you and Storykube will write about together, click on the “Start” button and in no time you will get all the suggestions the AI has produced from sources clearly displayed. Then you pick which writing you like best, you add it into the editor and you start writing. Easy-peasy.
You can also pick more than one topic to include in the search: the more information and input you give to the AI, the more things it will learn and the more it will be able to write better texts, more precise, clear and aimed.
But there’s more to it. Storykube can help you also halfway through the writing process. If you are stuck in the middle of a sentence, you just need to click on the “Write more” button or press “tab” and the AI will boost your ideas with new ones.
Still not all. You don’t like what you see in the editor? A sentence or maybe a whole paragraph sounds weird or wrong? What’s the problem? Just click on the “Optimize” button and the AI will change the words, rephrasing the sentence or paragraph, also checking your grammar, without altering the meaning of what you want to say.
So what are you waiting for? See for yourself! Try Storykube and become a Storykuber today :)