So, we teaching and coaching types love to give advice (except that the true essence of coaching is not so much giving advice as pulling what you yourself already know to be so out of yourself).
I, for instance, love to tell people to do Morning Pages. (If you don't know what Morning Pages are, they are three pages of glumping on the page all your crap and good stuff as well, first thing in the morning.)
And I love to tell people to use prompts.
I also tell people to do what is most important to you first thing in the morning. I presume that writing is most important to you. So I further presume that it is what you will aim to do first thing.
I could go on with my list of helpful things I tell people. Like, working with your inner critic, not checking email first thing in the morning, knowing your market, the power of prayer and meditation, and on and on. And, some might say, on.
But here's the deal:
If what I say works, then use it.
If it doesn't, then don't.
But find something that does. The point is, not everything works for everyone. But my offerings are based on working with dozens of clients and students over the years. And how will you know if they work for you until you try them?
Truly, I don't care if your favorite technique to get the words flowing is to stand on your head and rub your belly button. If it works, do it. I'm all about getting the words onto the page and I know full well that even though we like to haughtily say that writer's block doesn't exist, it really does. Because I've experienced it, and so have you.
But just because it exists doesn't mean it can't be dealt with. It can. Keep trying things until you get over it.
Okay, that's my rant for the summer. I promise. Now tell me what kinds of techniques work for you to get the writing flowing? Alcohol? A nap? A brisk run? Chaining yourself to the computer? I'm all ears.
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