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.
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).