There is no magic-one-size-fixes-all for writer’s block. Many factors contribute to this feeling: bored with what you’re writing, distracted, tired, weak outline, self-doubt…on and on. Sometimes you can
push write through it. Other times, you need to stop and get up or go outside or take a nap. Figure out which one of these applies in the moment (or try addressing all of them until you find what works) and proceed.
sometimes frequently dislike what you’ve written. Keep going. It gets better. Each piece gets better with revision. Also, your writing gets better over time. Lots of time.
You’re not always going to feel inspired to write. Write anyway. Dig, dig, dig, and then write. Rinse. Repeat.
Family, friends, associates, random people you just met a few minutes ago, will ask you questions like ‘is writing a real career? Isn’t it just a hobby?’ Suddenly you’ll have to restrain yourself from an act of violence. Don’t waste your energy, physical or emotional. Save it for the page or your lover or something else worthwhile.
Writing a book? Odds are you won’t write a best-seller, and maybe that’s okay. Maybe you’d just be proud to finally finish that ambitious project you’ve dreamed of penning for years. It’ll be a major confidence booster if nothing else. It may also inspire you to do it all over again. Or not. Either way, it’ll make a great party conversation piece, anyway. Wallow in the author-glory.
You don’t have to write every day. Unless you’ve signed a contract that demands it or you’ve put that pressure on yourself to meet a tight deadline. Otherwise, you can write once a week for 20 minutes if that’s all the time you have, or if that feels best. Setting a routine, getting a rhythm going, is more important than the weekly volume of your writing, particularly if you struggle to find time to write every day.
You are and will always be your harshest critic. Don’t discard any writing before sharing it with someone. Make sure that someone is a person whose writing judgement you trust and respect.
You don’t have to write a lengthy introduction if you don’t feel it adds to the piece. Scroll up. Notice I didn’t. I wanted to get right to the point(s). So, I didn’t write one. I’m sure I’ll be marked down in the book of non-introducers. I’m okay with that.
Are you a blogger? Every blog post doesn’t have to be >1500 words (or whatever the current trend is). This blog post sure isn’t. Some of mine are, some aren’t. I write what I feel needs to be written. And I aim to do it in the most concise way possible. Brevity and succinctness take effort. Two writing skills I work on. A lot. You’re busy and you’ve got writing to do. I respect your time and I value mine even more.
Writing is hard. And terrifying at moments. Whether you’ve written a lot or you’re just getting started, it will always be hard. Do it anyway. Because you can. Because you must (if you’ve read this far…you definitely must).
I’m sure there are many more truths. And some of these will feel more or less true for you than others. The first key is finding strategies and motivators that work for you to get over the challenges of writing. The second key is to actually apply what works and, well, get on with it.