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Post  Mon, Jul 13 2020, 9:32 pm
About six months ago I had an idea for a book. (Non-fiction.) I started researching it and wrote a full outline. That was before corona and I had a very busy schedule and still fit in time for writing. Now with corona I’m only working part time and I have plenty of time, but I have so much resistance! Every time I try to write I feel so much anxiety. I wouldn’t call it writers block back know exactly what I plan to write, I just keep getting stuck over my words and I can’t move forward.

I submitted the first few chapters to a magazine, thinking if I published as a serial it would give me a push to produce a chapter every week. It’s a small magazine and I’d written for them before so I thought for sure he’d be interested. Well, he said it needed more personal examples ( which I agree with) and also that someone had already done something similar. So Obviously now I feel even more discouraged even though I don’t need to let the opinion of one editor stop me.
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Post  Mon, Jul 13 2020, 10:26 pm
The trick is to NOT sit down to write. I mean, don't just sit in front of a computer and say "Okay, I really have to continue this story..." because then you put yourself under too much pressure and it just won't flow. Wait until inspiration strikes and THEN sit and write.
That's what I do and it really works. I actually do my best writing between 2-4 AM! Very Happy

Also, do not get discouraged by one editor! Like you said, you've written to magazines before, so you know you can write well Wink

Hatzlacha with your book and I hope you post when you finish so we can all read it!
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Post  Mon, Jul 13 2020, 10:28 pm
mamma llama wrote:
The trick is to NOT sit down to write. I mean, don't just sit in front of a computer and say "Okay, I really have to continue this story..." because then you put yourself under too much pressure and it just won't flow. Wait until inspiration strikes and THEN sit and write.
That's what I do and it really works. I actually do my best writing between 2-4 AM! Very Happy


Also, do not get discouraged by one editor! Like you said, you've written to magazines before, so you know you can write well Wink

Hatzlacha with your book and I hope you post when you finish so we can all read it!


Totally agree with the bolded. It's so ready to get into your own head. The trick is to figure out how to get out of it
Something I've found helps me, is also putting on headphones and playing the same song over and over. Bc that creates a static/white noise in my head and it's easier to not think and psyched myself out.
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amother




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Post  Mon, Jul 13 2020, 10:43 pm
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The trick is to NOT sit down to write. I mean, don't just sit in front of a computer and say "Okay, I really have to continue this story..." because then you put yourself under too much pressure and it just won't flow. Wait until inspiration strikes and THEN sit and write.
That's what I do and it really works. I actually do my best writing between 2-4 AM!


Thanks! Good advice! That’s probably why I made more progress when I was working full time and had NO time.
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amother




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Post  Mon, Jul 13 2020, 10:57 pm
Another tip is to do "morning pages" - basically you write 3 pages of drivel every day, just to get into writing mode. Don't write your story, don't attempt to write anything useful, just aim to fill 3 pages. (I use 750words.com)

Later when inspiration strikes you'll be ready to catch it!
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