In an effort to overcome my writer's block, I've come up with an exercise, which I've pieced together from all the material I've read on dealing with writer's block.

However, now I am struggling with the exercise, and unable to complete it.

The Exercise

It's easier to write an opinion or make a persuasive argument based on a given question. For example:

The best way to keep healthy is to perform daily physical exercise. Do you agree or disagree?

In the exercise, take a set of quotes with a common theme, and write an essay responding to the quotes, posing a question or a thesis based on them. (This is the writing aspect that I am trying to improve.)

I am finding this very tricky with multiple quotes. Most of the time I am hearing these quotes for the first time and when writing a timed piece without familiarity with the context, it is tough. Often the thesis and/or the content of the written argument is misleading. My writers block is also contributing to the difficulty.

I am searching for materials that can help to understand and as rules/guidelines in generating a thesis out of a related set of quotes. So far I came across this. Possibly working-tips that could move me a step (at least a 1cm) from my writing struggle (writing the whole day but unable to construct a logical flow even for a short opinion piece with counter arguments and refutation).

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    Heya! Welcome to Writers.SE. This is a little unclear -- can you explain the situation here? Are you being provided a set of quotes, and you need to form a thesis based on them? Is this in the context of an assignment? If so, for what kind of class? Can you give an example of a set of quotes?
    – Standback
    Feb 12 '17 at 7:58
  • Also, if you could fix/explain the line "Often the thesis is mislead or/and the content of the written argument." I think you've got an error there, and I don't understand the problem you're trying to describe.
    – Standback
    Feb 12 '17 at 7:59
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    If I've understood you correctly, you find yourself spinning your wheels, have been somewhat incapacitated by doubt, and have found yourself unproductive in your writing attempts, as a result; and you have set yourself timed writing exercises to try to avoid spinning your wheels agonizing over some aspect of your writing for long periods. Given a collections of statements, you would like to articulate a position, and then write a persuasive argument to support that position. But it's not going well, because the collection of statements takes a lot of time to analyze. Did I get that right? Feb 12 '17 at 8:25
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    ... You could start with grade 6 or 7 and work your way up to grade 12. To overcome writer's block, it's not really necessary to write a War and Peace. // Whether you try my idea or not, I hope you'll let us know how it goes. Feb 13 '17 at 6:14
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    @aparente001 I am gonna give your set of exercises a try. Certain, just buzz me here with some date n time before you are ready for a chat. So I'll create the chat. Earlier chat rooms get closed auto when inactive.
    – bonCodigo
    Feb 15 '17 at 3:22

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