How to Really Avoid Writing

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Writers write. That short and simple definition doesn’t need any further explanation, but to non-writers it’s not particularly insightful into how writers get their work done.

For many writers, the way to get their writing done is just to jump in and start the process and trust that a miracle will occur somewhere along the line. And, it usually does. I think of it like warming up for a running race: the warm-up isn’t defined by any goal except to get moving, and that’s the way to build up your system for the real work.

Writing is often the same way: you just need to start putting down words. It doesn’t matter what quality they are and it doesn’t matter if you erase them fifteen minutes after you’ve written them. Nothing is more difficult to overcome than the blank page syndrome, and writing something — anything — will clutter up that page and get you mentally moving. And yes, I’ve written grocery lists and to-do lists that have helped me to jump-start the writing process.

So, if you are a writer then, by definition, you need to write. If you are stuck on a project or can’t get started, then put it aside and start writing something else. Usually the momentum that you build up will let you pick up that project and make headway with it. So, to avoid working on the writing project you really want or need to tackle, write something else.

Which is what I’m doing by writing this post. I should be working on some freelance articles or editing my novel, but this is what I did. But at least I’m writing!

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