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Maybe you’re stuck right now. Maybe you set aside time to write in the morning and you’re looking at this blank page and the words just aren’t coming. You don’t know what to say.
You feel like you have writer’s block right now, but writer’s block is 100% preventable.
I want to help you prevent that next time, but also get you out of feeling stuck right now.
Preventing Writer’s Block
To prevent writer’s block, the first step is have a list of topics that you’re going to write on. You need to be capturing these throughout your day and week.
Secondly, most people who have a list don’t actually schedule when they’re going to write on a topic.
Schedule out all of your topics so that you know every single day exactly what you’re going to write on.
I recommend setting aside Monday as your topic day. Rather than write on Monday, spend Monday coming up with your topics for the rest of the week. Schedule them out for each day.
Write down exactly the day you’re going to write on them, so that when you get to that day, you know what your topic is.
This way, you don’t spend the first hour of your scheduled writing time trying to come up with what to write about.
If you can do those two things—capturing your ideas as they come to you throughout the day and keeping a list of topics, and then scheduling them for specific days—that’s going to go a long way toward preventing writer’s block in the future.
Getting Out of Writer’s Block
What about right now? Right now you feel like you have writer’s block. How do you get out of that situation?
First of all, you need to figure out what you’re going to write about. Come up with a topic or have someone else pick a topic.
Even if you don’t like it, that is your topic. This is just a writing exercise. You don’t have to use it, it doesn’t have to end up on your blog, but write now you’re trying to build the writing habit.
It’s better that you show up today and write something, even if you don’t use it, than nothing at all.
Come up with your topic and then use stream of consciousness writing.
Stream of consciousness writing is where you write everything that’s on your mind. Every thought that you think is on the paper. Every thought that comes to your mind, no matter how silly it is, just type that thought out, like, “This Sean guy is a weirdo and he told me to write every thought.”
No matter what comes to mind, put it on the page. The reason you want to do this is you need to get your fingers moving.
Separate Editing From Writing
Your job right now is to write, not edit. Most people edit as they write, but that’s going to kill your speed and make you feel paralyzed.
The first stage is writing mode. Imagine ripping the backspace key out of your keyboard.
You’re not allowed to edit. Right now, capture the words and edit later. The idea of stream of consciousness writing is to get your fingers moving.
Once you start getting into the flow, then you’ll transition from the nonsense writing into actually writing on your topic. Later on, you can remove the words you don’t want.
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