Writer’s block can affect us all, but having a few tools in your arsenal to help move your writing projects along can make all the difference. 

Check out these five tips on writing productivity that will have you tapping away at your keyboard in no time.

Van Huysum, Still Life Burst
Van Huysum, Still Life Burst

Don’t Obsess Over the First Draft

The first draft is always the hardest. A good way to take the pressure off is to write multiple first drafts (of the same story). This can be a great way to tease out ideas you are still formulating or to work through issues that might not come through in another first draft.

Writing by Association 

We’ve talked before about the importance of a writing routine. By setting up the right environment or even just matching writing with another habit, you can train your brain into thinking, Okay, it’s time to write.

Shankha, Sacred Tibetan Textiles

Don’t Count Hours but Words

You may be putting pressure on yourself to dedicate a certain number of hours each day to sitting down and writing. Instead of feeling daunted by this pressure, switch to focusing not on how many hours you have put in but rather on how many words you have written, which really is ultimately what counts.

Consistency Is Key

On the other hand, making sure you get the words down on a daily basis is still important. Allocate a certain time slot and stick to it.

Create Some Chaos

There is no rule to say that you have to begin at the beginning. You may have an idea for the middle or the end. Start with what hits you first and you can build around it later.

Mystique, Le Gascon

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