Do you have a hard time getting down to the business of writing? Most people do.
Sometimes it’s hard to find a door into what we want to say. Other times we have so many things to say it’s hard to decide where to begin. And anxiety about whether or not we have the skills to do the job can keep us from even getting near the keyboard. Our projects freeze into blocks of ice.
Still, some of us must compose. Producing written products including short reports, planning documents, or white papers is at least a small part of the job for most professionals. Entrepreneurs and business owners often author books. They are effective tools for launching new enterprises. And they help those who aspire to thought leadership establish their expertise and separate themselves from their competition.
It’s hardest to write when your job performance rating doesn’t depend upon timely completion; when you have a really long deadline, such as an entire semester; or when you don’t have any deadline because your project is optional.
If your venture is in the deep freeze try doing these five things each day to transcend your writer’s block.
1. Schedule a time every working day to write and make it sacred. The best time to do this is first thing in the morning so you don’t immerse yourself in other work that can serve as an excuse to skip your writing that day.
2. Turn off all electronic devices for the duration of your writing time after handling your email, texts, and any other social media tasks. If you write electronically, as most of us do, close out of all your social media and mail apps and turn off your notifications.
3. Set a word count goal for each session. Make it achievable. Then put your hands on your keyboard.
4. Key out an outline of what you plan to write about during each session. You will probably have a master outline for larger projects like business plans, books, and white papers. Start your session outline with the item or items you plan to cover. Compose bullet points underneath each to guide your writing.
5. Write until you reach your word-count goal. Pour it out stream-of-consciousness style. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar, tempo, or consistency. Those can all be fixed later. You’ll almost certainly make unexpected excursions and surprise yourself with points of brilliance when you go with the flow. But be sure to cover all of the points in your session outline.
Do these five things each day and watch your writer’s block melt away as you achieve your writing deadlines and goals.