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Just write! Basically that’s the advice I have for you because that’s all you need. The three steps I describe below will cure your writer’s block real quick but it will probably also help your productivity in other areas of your life.

What gives me the right to give advice on this topic? Well I have a full-time job, I’ve graduated from a bachelors and an honours degree in biomedical science (and am about to start my PhD), I’ve written and published two fantasy novels in the last 2 years as well as survived massive brain surgery which put my life on hold for a year. Not to mention I also paint, have a very successful, loving relationship and exercise for half an hour every day. So in summary, I know a thing or two about time management.

So without further delay, the three steps to beat writers block:

1. Set yourself a daily goal.

This should be a number of words or pages that you will write per day (NOT a time span). The goal should be achievable but should also allow you to finish your book within a reasonable time frame. Let’s say you want to write a 300 page book in 1 year… well then you would want to write 1 page a day and that would still give you 65 days for editing. Personally I write 2 pages everyday.

2. Stick to that goal no matter what

So you’ve had a long day at work, you’ve still got to make dinner, the kids are crying out for attention and you just don’t feel like sitting in that chair and writing. Well… TOO BAD! If you want to be a professional writer you have to treat it like a job, writing is not optional. If you just want to occasionally write for the fun of it, then OK but don’t expect to turn it into a profession if you don’t take it just as seriously as your ‘real job’.

3. Eliminate distractions

Until you’ve finished that book your writing time should be wholly dedicated to getting words onto paper. Your writing time is not for editing, it’s not for reading, it’s not for facebook. Your daily writing goal must be for your book and if it takes you 5 hours to finish your goal then so be it. You will quickly train yourself to complete your goal in no time at all because it’s a quantity rather than a time based achievement.

So yes, it does take some discipline, but so does anything else if you want to be any good at it. So go now, set yourself a daily goal and stick to it- you’ll be incredibly proud of the progress you make.

 

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