Here is the full transcript and summary of Austin Martino’s talk titled “Think Like a 4 Year Old, The Cure to Writer’s Block” at TEDxTIU conference.
In this TEDx talk, Austin Martino discusses writer’s block as a college student and aspiring photographer and videographer. He explains how he often struggled with writer’s block and how it affected his ability to think and create. He introduces the concept of the “creative gap,” which refers to the disparity between one’s taste and skill in the creative journey, and explains how this gap can cause writer’s block.
Listen to the audio version here:
I want you to imagine you’re a college student sitting at a cafe enjoying whatever drink you prefer. Maybe it’s a coffee, tea, whatever. Now it’s a good day. It’s sunny, you slept in, you’re enjoying your drink. I mean, things are great.
Now you’ve come here today because you know you have a paper due at exactly 11.59pm. And even though you skipped the last couple of classes, you’re not too worried. I mean, you asked that friend who’s not really your friend what’s going on in class, so you know roughly what you have to do.
So you’re there, you’re probably on your phone, and after about 30 minutes, your paper will look something like this. Boom! Writer’s block. Now, you start to have a slight anxious feeling, but it’s not too bad, so you just put it aside.
I mean, you still have exactly 6 hours before the deadline, surely you’ll be fine, right? And on top of that, the hardest part is starting, right? So after about another hour and a half of thinking and doing some more typing, your paper will probably look something like this. Yes.
Now, full panic mode sets in. You’ve been at the cafe for an hour and a half and you’ve got nothing done. You’re banging your head on the keyboard and plus the barista’s starting to look at you. So you’re trying not to make eye contact to let her know you’ve been there for an hour and a half.