There are many components that pose a threat to writing.
Time, tools, ability.
These are problems, yes, but not the biggest one. You can make time, you can seek out the proper tools, you can improve your skills. The biggest hurdle in writing is sitting down in front of your instrument of creation and actually beginning to create.
We’ve all struggled with this at some point or another, some more often than not. We are motivated to put in the work, yet we take a seat and proceed to stare at a blank screen for an unknown amount of time.
It’s not particularly that we don’t know how to start off or that we don’t have direction. It’s like running: the first few minutes are tough; you are warming up, you’re body is getting into the mindset of running, you are finding your flow. It takes a bit to find that “flow” every time you sit down to write.
Now there is a difference between warming up and writer’s block and you have to know this for your sanity because I guarantee that if you are sitting in front of your computer/notebook/etc. for hours telling yourself you are ‘warming up’, you’re going to end up pissed as hell.
This will happen to us all at some point, but afterwards you will know never make that mistake again.
Here is a list of things you can do to jump over that beginning hurdle:
Clear your mind for ten minutes, focus on your breathing and absorb the calm. Believe it or not, not thinking for a few beforehand is really going to be your friend, especially when you get to a point where you are questioning your whole project and you, the creator, doesn’t even know what the hell is going on anymore. Breathe, and you will succeed.
2. Listen to music.
Some writers are against this, but personally, I think it aids in soothing the mind and also blocking out any surrounding distractions. Ideally, you should choose songs that correspond to the intended mood of what you’re about to write. Though, if you don’t have a firm grasp on the mood yet, you can simply choose your favorites, songs that inspire you, or maybe a tune you’ve just heard today. Either way, find your peace within the music and then write away!
You can find a list of 22 songs to listen to while writing here.
3. Read 7 pages of a random book.
Why seven? Because six is too short and eight is too long. The book should be random because we all know how you can find inspiration in those random little places.
If you have previously read the selected book, it isn’t as random as it could be, no, but that doesn’t matter. If you aren’t actively reading said book and you pick it up and skim through pages 82-88 or pages 234-240 of a different book, you are an outsider on whatever is happening within these pages, and you might just find that little boost you were looking for.
4. Drink a glass of cold water.
Not warm water, not juice, soda, tea, coffee, and definitely not alcohol. Cold water. This will give you a nice boost of energy for the mission ahead. Us as writers tend to suck up caffeine like leeches. This means that nourishing our body with something like water rather than coffee before we begin writing is really going to make a difference.
If all else fails to either work or appeal to you, just suck it up and start writing. The first few sentences (or paragraphs) may not be good, or even coherent, but when you finally get into your writing groove, that crappy warm-up section is going to be left in the dust of your following magifencent words.