You open the fridge. You turn on the TV. You play with your pet fish.
You do everything but write! Then you wake up the next day, go to work and think about how you can’t wait to get home to write, but the cycle seems never ending. You tell yourself, “I’ll write on Saturday, when my whole day is free!” But then you wake up on Monday and somehow the whole weekend crept by without writing a single word. Your writing project takes days… months… years… it’s never finished.
I know exactly how you feel. I was stuck in this rut myself for over a year trying to finish my novel. But I got out!
Here’s how you do it.
STOP EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW!
Stop eating, stop watching TV, stop reading this article!
Why are you wasting time reading this when you could be writing instead? Because it’s too easy. It’s easy to say to yourself, “One more article. One more episode. One more level.”
You know what’s also easy? Clicking the “x” at the top of this window and opening a writing document (word, google docs, notepad, whatever). As soon as you do that, your brain suddenly goes into must write mode.
Where the thought of writing seems daunting, the simple act of forcing yourself to look at a blank document will put you in the mood. I guarantee it! If typing isn’t your thing, physically put a pen in your hand.
Before you know it, you’ve written a few words and those words turn into sentences and the whole thing snowballs into a few pages. Then when you wake up the next day, you won’t feel an ounce of guilt about not writing anything the night before.
So, my tip to you is this: STOP WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING AND OPEN A WRITING DOCUMENT
Even if you spit out just a few sentences, that’s more than nothing at all. SO QUIT WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND START WRITING!
Okay, I’ll stop yelling at you now.
I’m sure this isn’t going to work for everyone, but I know it works for me. Do you have any sure-fire tips that help you write? Post them in the comments below.
PS: It’s okay if you don’t do this every day! I’m STILL working on my novel, and I still find it a struggle to abide by this, BUT this tip has helped me achieve light years more writing than I could have done otherwise.
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