Forcing Writing by Christine Duncan

I’d like to continue along Michelle’s lines. Her last post on getting writing started was something I had been thinking about myself this week. I’ve done the free writing exercise she mentioned where I just write down whatever comes into my head. It works. It especially works when I’ve written myself into a corner and the character has nowhere to go. I just free write until something clicks.
But what works best for me is habit. If it is the time to write I’ve told myself I would write and I show up, I write. I schedule it as I do other things like going to work, and having dinner. It isn’t always the best stuff. We all have those days. But if I tell myself, it’s Sunday, I’m writing this blog, then somehow by hook or by crook, the blog gets written.
I learned this trick, oddly enough, with my running. The running, like the writing, is non-negotiable. How long, how far, that can vary depending on what time I have to give. Some days are busier than others. So for those days there is a “I will NOT bonk minimum.” For writing, that can be a page or a blog, but I will stay until that minimum is done.
What’s your trick for getting writing done when you’re just not there in your head?

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One response to “Forcing Writing by Christine Duncan

  1. Mine works like this:
    nothing
    nothing
    nothing
    more nothing
    [idea pops into head outta nowhere]
    drop everything while the story writes itself

    Worst strategy ever, if there’s a deadline, though. Mostly I’m just always on the lookout for ideas and once in awhile one shows up.

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