Just Do It: Try a Writer’s Sprint

I’m afraid I’m feeling a bit congested, writing-wise this week. But I’m taking my lovely colleague Heidi’s advice to get over myself & write.

Writers (myself included) often develop the habit of writing a little bit every day. Now, I try to exercise every day, and I find that there’s actually a lot in common between writing and exercising when you’re not especially in the mood. To wit:

  • You dread it.
  • It can be painful.
  • The hardest part is getting started.
  • It doesn’t take as long as you think.
  • You feel fantastic when it’s over.
  • You’re more likely to do it again tomorrow.

So when you’re faced with a writing project that’s just not inspiring you to brilliance, my advice is to go on a writing sprint. Try writing non-stop for 10 minutes. Set a timer and don’t stop typing (or scribbling). I can almost guarantee that once you finish your sprint, it will be easier to keep going.

See what I just did there? I cleared up my own congestion. And now, I’m off to tackle another project.

What techniques do you use to get over a creative block?

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