I don’t believe in writer’s block.
If you’re stuck and can’t write, then there’s something wrong with your process.
I’ve been writing professionally for over a decade and have worked with dozens of writers. And whenever they have an issue with “writer’s block” or writing too slow, it’s usually for one reason:
They’re trying to work on multiple stages at once.
Either they’re researching while they’re writing, or they’re trying to self-edit at the same time they write, which is 100% impossible.
Here’s the thing: you can’t edit while you’re writing. You don’t yet have the objectivity, and editing requires objectivity.
The only way to write efficiently is to batch tasks and keep each stage separate:
- Prepare: Do your research, your brainstorming, your outline. Do NOT start writing yet.
- Write a Terrible First Draft: Once your preparations are complete, and ONLY when they are complete, you can start writing. Your goal is to write a rough draft as quickly as possible. It might be terrible; that’s fine. You just need to get words on paper/screen.
- Take a Break: You can’t skip this step, or you won’t actually be editing. Editing requires objectivity. You can’t be objective while writing, or immediately after writing. You’re too close to the words.
- Edit: ONLY after you have taken a break (preferably a day), you can begin editing.