1. Take every task/assignment one word at a time. Even if it takes all day.
2. Shorten your to-do list. Instead of writing 5 things, focus on writing just 1.
3. If you have to write 5 things, try your best to focus on one at a time. It will all get done.
4. Write something “fun” that makes you feel good even if it’s actually terrible.
5. Write about what’s bothering you, even if no one will ever see it.
6. Turn your frustrations/worries into art and put it out there. Someone may be able to relate to it.
7. Keep in mind the time(s) of day you’re most productive. Push yourself to write only during those times.
8. During your downtime, it’s OK to think about writing — but don’t do it. Rest is important.
9. If it’s a weird/inconvenient moment and you suddenly feel motivated to write, make it happen somehow. Something is better than nothing …
10. Schedule writing time — but schedule relaxation/self-care time, too. Make sure it happens, and try not to feel guilty about it!
11. Also, be honest with yourself. If you can’t today, that’s OK. Try again tomorrow. Really try!
12. Keep breathing. Even if the words aren’t coming to you now, they’re not gone forever.
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.