I’m always ready to find that magical nugget of advice that will help me crash through my writer’s blocks. Sorry, I have to refer to writer’s block as blocks, because I have more than my fair share. So what’s the best advice?
Yes. I wish I had some clever advice no one has ever discovered. But the simplest and most effective way to get past that wall is to write. It doesn’t have to be great prose. It doesn’t even have to be good. Let’s not even worry about quantity. (While I like the idea of word count goals, sometimes life just gets in the way for me.)
A while back I made a resolution to write something on my projects every day, whether it was a good day or not, or I was too tired, or I only had a few minutes to write. I wrote, and I continue to write daily.
Secondary and diversionary projects, not such a bad thing
Further, I resolved to write on my main project every day, despite my many writing diversions. I confess, I have a few projects I have started, and on any given day, some generate more creativity and productivity than my main project. Since our minds often work in mysterious ways, I figure it’s not such a bad idea to write on a project where the creative juices are flowing, build up some momentum, and then use that momentum to meet my writing goal on my main project.
Sometimes forced writing is better writing
The whole idea of having to force ourselves to write even when creativity has taken a hiatus suggests that whatever hits the page is going to be crap. I disagree. I have learned that some of my better writing occurred when I was trying to fight through writer’s block. Could it mean that our best writing doesn’t come without some hard work and frustration? I think so. I submit that inspiration isn’t synonymous with easy. It doesn’t magically appear for a few lucky authors as soon as they sit down to write.
Rather, inspiration is the result of hard work, self doubt, persistence, education, and experience.