The Productive Writer’s Code
I’ve written 50k words for NaNoWriMo in five days, written 95,000 words novels in three weeks, and knocked out novellas in a couple of days. I’ve also gone months on end without writing a word. I’ve sat and stared at a blank page and a blinking cursor for an hour before closing the document without adding anything to an ongoing project. I’ve whiled away countless hours refreshing the same few websites instead of forcing myself to start typing.
The thing is, I love writing once I get started. If I can get over that initial hurdle, I invariably get lost in the work. To help me push through that persistent negative voice, I recently sat down and wrote out a few commandments to keep me from avoiding work for what almost always amounts to a ridiculous reason.