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 nearly 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 ALWAYS for the same 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.
You CAN’T edit while you’re writing. You have zero 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.