Write Every Day
I, like every other writer have no doubt heard that writer’s block doesn’t exist, you just have to turn up at the machine every day and open a vein or something similar. I have written on a daily basis since I was studying for my doctorate,it was the only way I could keep on top of things. As a freelancer I know that if I don’t write I don’t get paid and I lose clients – even that didn’t break the back of whatever was stopping me writing. For a person who has no trouble writing 1500 useable words an hour, I could barely manage a quarter of that.
I’d been having trouble with my second Lambeth Croak book for a couple of months, I’d almost finished and then I couldn’t seem to write any more, everything I wrote was deadwood. Yes I’ve had a lot of other things to contend with, like most other people out there so I don’t intend to bring that on as an excuse. The fact is that I have been virtually unable to write anything worth reading for a while, apart from a short story and one bad poem. I’ve tried free writing, something I’ve used for years and come up with nothing but rubbish. But I think that the light switched on again today when I came across a post about tools for writers.
750 words is a free tool for writers and is based on the Writer’s Way notion of morning pages, something I used to do and have tried to keep up with but never really understood, until today, that free writing for 750 words or three pages allows you to get underneath to what Natalie Goldberg calls the Wild Mind, that part of the mind where pure creativity breaks through. So, I think I have found the answer to my problem that you have to go for 750 words at least to get anywhere. I have to say that the first five hundred of those words were like pulling teeth and then the flow started again. If you are interested in using this tool, you can find it, and several others here How do you cope when the writing stops?