Getting sidetracked, stifled or stuck is the nemesis of writers. You love to write…you want to write…you mean to write…
But you don’t.
There you sit starting at a blank screen. You distract yourself with emails or social media. You shuffle papers. You pour another cup of coffee.
But you are decidedly stuck.
The words won’t come.
Reasons for Not Writing
The reasons writers give for not writing probably number in the hundreds, thousands even. You’re too tired, too busy, too overworked.
Your family consumes all your time.
Your brain feels like mush.
You haven’t had a new idea since 1997.
You’re probably not that good anyway.
Your house is a mess and the in-laws are coming.
Might as well go order a pizza and try again tomorrow.
How to Get UnStuck
To me, it seems that the underlying problem isn’t really what it appears to be. The problem isn’t your family, your day job or the size of your email inbox.
Becoming a productive writer is a decision. You have to want to write more than you want to make excuses.
If you don’t feel like writing, write anyway. Write “I don’t feel like writing” a hundred times or until you feel like writing something else, whichever comes first. Rewrite something you wrote a year ago. Rewrite an article that someone else wrote that made you say to yourself “I can write better than that.” Do it just for the practice.
One problem a lot of writers have is that they try to go in too many directions at once. It is so important to FOCUS…remember that FOCUS stands for follow one course until successful.
If you have a dozen writing goals you are not going to be able to complete them all by Thursday. But you may be able to bang one out by tomorrow if you stay focused on one thing at a time. Or if it’s a big goal, you might reach it in 30 days if you stop trying to do it all at once.
The more you write, the more ideas you will have.
The more you write, the more you will be able to write.
The more you write, the more you will want to write.