I’m writing well these days.
Now, by that I don’t mean I’m crafting brilliant prose or producing the Great American Novel.
I have no idea—yet—if what I’m cranking out is any good at all because I haven’t read it yet, and I won’t read it until the entire first draft is finished (which is the same advice I give to any writer hoping to push past blocks and silence the dreaded Inner Critic).
What I mean when I say I’m writing well is that I’m writing—a lot, every day, without any real resistance.
We all know the silly little mantras they give us in those books about overcoming writer’s block and finally finishing your novel—things like: “A writer writes” or “Those who write are writers; those who wait are waiters.”
But there’s a big difference between writing (even if you force yourself to do a little every day, whether you’re in the mood or not) and writing WELL.
When you’re writing well, the ideas pour out of you (and you don’t need some dopey simile here, like “pour out of you like sand from a child’s beach pail”—blech!).
You come to the page ready and eager, and you almost have to drag yourself away when it’s time to stop—because you realize it’s better to stop writing while it’s going fast and furious and not let yourself keep going until the well runs dry.
When you’re writing well, you have trouble sleeping because new scenes keep playing out in your mind and you can’t wait to get up in the morning and scribble a few of them down before they disappear into the ether.
That kind of writing? Doesn’t happen often.
We all expect it to. Those of us who write for a living (or aspire to) believe we “love” to write, but the truth is that we love these rare and magical moments, when writing is, well, easy.
The thing is—the more often you write, the more often you face the terror of the blank page, the more you just stop thinking and start DOING it, the easier it gets and the better you write.
So, stop with the excuses. You DO have time. You DO have ideas. You are NOT blocked.
Just stop complaining and write.
You’ll thank me later.