Writer’s block

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Informal peer review

The February meeting of the Writing Club will be an informal peer review session.  Bring something you have written, perhaps something you would like to get published.   Others at the meeting will give you feedback on it.    We will have a peer review checklist to hand, and look at what is involved in peer review.    And you will be able to review others’ work.

The meeting is from 1pm to 2pm on Thursday 23rd February, and will be in the Stanley Tipton Room, Clinical Education Centre, Jarvis Building at the LRI.   Please note venue, which is not our usual one.

Top tips #6 Keep your peepers fresh

When writing, it’s easy to become too close to your manuscript. You can miss errors and typos because you know your argument inside out. A piece of advice given by one of the consultants at UHL (and an editor of a journal himself) is to put your final draft away, out of sight, for one to two weeks and go back to it after this time with fresh eyes. Proof reading by others will also be helpful, but give yourself a chance to spot your mistakes after a break from the manuscript. If you’re working to a deadline, try and build this time into your project.

Top tips #4 Do a warm up

Seeing that blank page ahead of you can be really daunting when you’re planning on writing. With acaemic writing, having a structure can really help avoid this (see Top tip #1) but sometimes you still don’t really know where to begin.


As with exercising, sometimes you need to flex your muscles and do a warm up to really get going on your writing. This could be by a stream of consciousness style of writing, just getting anything out onto the page; or “nutshelling” your project, writing about what you’re going to write about. Imagine you’re sending a letter to one of Bertie Wooster’s favourite aunts and explaining the work you’re planning to undertake. It can be conversational, as though you’re telling the person sat next to you on the bus. Anything to get those synapses firing and your words flowing onto the page.