1. I Have No Idea – what to write about today… Sometimes we draw a blank. We haven’t slept well, we are concerned, we can’t seem to be able to focus. Set you work in progress aside for a day or two and WRITE WHAT COMES TO YOUR MIND. Don’t think too much about what you’re writing. Just write as if you were talking to your best friend. This will reduce your stress level and still give you a sense of achievement at the end of the writing session.
2. Having To Write, – there’s something I hate. Anything that resembles an obligation is a perfectly acceptable reason to seek refuge in procrastination. Resist the temptation. WRITE ONE SENTENCE. It doesn’t really matter about what or even if it’s a well structured, inspired sentence. Just write.
3. I Write Too Slowly - compared to others… Peer-pressure, even if unspoken, is also a tempting reason to seek refuge in procrastination. Does it really matter how quickly you write? Some writing sessions have a word target to reach, but this is only a way to encourage them to write more than they would if left to their own decisions. If you think you write too slowly, compared to your peers, set YOUR OWN WORD GOAL.
4. I Don’t Like The Prompt – and it doesn’t fit my story at all. A prompt is a challenge. It suggests ideas. It gives you options. If the prompt doesn’t work for story you’re writing at the moment, CREATE YOUR OWN LIST OF PROMPTS. You can resort to your list whenever you think the prompt suggested by the host of the write-in won’t help.
5. I Don’t Like Rules – and the write-in I attend has several. But you still would like to attend and that is good. Having a given length of time to write, a specific prompt and a minimum number of words you should aim to write could be viewed as constraints, as pesky rules. Yet, their aim is to help you push yourself beyond your comfort zone. In the end, you’re in control. If you don’t like any of the rules, SET YOUR OWN RULES.
What’s really important is to WRITE.
And writing alongside people from all over the world is an amazing experience.
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