1. Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking (usually) doesn’t work.
2. Break big scary tasks into small less scary pieces. Tackle one piece at a time.
3. Prioritize the things that need to get done today. Finish those first.
4. Don’t forget to breathe.
5. Write something that makes you feel good — no “strings” attached.
6. Treat writing as a reward, not an item to check off your list.
7. Speaking of lists … try making shorter ones. Just TRY.
8. Remember that it’s sometimes better not to write than to write poorly. Sometimes.
9. Take a few days off from writing if you have to — but only a few!
10. Or, alternate between writing days and writing “off” days.
11. Don’t beat yourself up when you don’t write. It’s OK to have a bad day.
12. Give yourself a pat on the back for every good writing day. Cherish those moments. Smile.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.
8 thoughts on “12 Strategies to Help You Deal With the Stressors Blocking You From Writing”
Love the idea of treating writing as a reward!
This is so good to hear! Let me know when you try it out sometime. ;)
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Check out this great post from the Novelty Revisions blog with 12 strategies to help you deal with the stressors blocking you from writing.
Meg, what do you mean by “no strings attached”? :)
In this context, writing you enjoy something without worrying about, well, anything. Who’s reading it, whether or not you can sell it, etc. Sorry if that wasn’t clear. :)
..oh it was clear, just wanted to know if I understood it the first time. Thank you very much and warm hugs!
Thanks for this – wise words! :)
You’re so welcome — and thank YOU for reading. :)