It’s worth checking out the advice on how to clear writer’s block here.
I remember reading about a couple of handy techniques from Graham Greene. First, he always counted the number of words he had written that day, his manuscripts are full of numbers in his spidery handwriting tracking his progress. Second, he would always leave the last sentence of the day unfinished. This meant that when he started the next morning he could finish the sentence and the tap was turned on from that point. Ingenious.
Anyway, here are some tips from the site:
- Do something important that’s very easy - Is there a small part of your project you could finish quickly that would move things forward?
- Try freewriting - Sit down and write anything for an arbitrary period of time—say, 10 minutes to start. Don’t stop, no matter what. Cover the monitor with a manila folder if you have to. Keep writing, even if you know what you're typing is gibberish, full of misspellings, and grammatically psychopathic. Get your hand moving and your brain will think it’s writing. Which it is. See?
- Write from a persona - Lend your voice to a writing personality who isn’t you. Doesn’t have to be a pirate or anything—just try seeing your topic from someone else’s perspective, style, and interest.
Cool – the next post is written from the perspective of a 95-year-old Bolivian sheep-herder, see if you can tell.