Just Write Something

The other day, I chatted with an author friend. She’s trying to write her next book, and it’s just not working. For months, she’s been working on the proposal, but the busyness of life, amongst other things, is keeping her from finishing.

Just Write Something
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She wants this book to be great, to be something special. But every time she puts her fingers to keys, she feels stuck, as if her best idea is nowhere near good enough.

It’s just not working.

So she waits for the words to come, hoping to get inspired. And I have no doubt that eventually she’ll write something. Eventually. But that may very well be a long wait.

On feeling stuck

Of course, this is natural. Most of us can relate to such feelings of stuckness. Steven Pressfield calls this “Resistance” with a capital R, a personal, vindictive force bent on destroying your creativity. And it must be slain every day. Every. Single. Day.

Anne Lamott calls it “emptiness” and prescribes going for a walk or listening to your favorite band, doing something to take your mind off the pressure of creating so that you can return to the work when you are “full.”

You might call it “writer’s block” or something else. I don’t really care. The point is we all face it, this feeling of not knowing what to write — or worse, feeling as if nothing we write is “good enough.”

So what do we do when this happens? What do I do? And what should you do?

Just write something. Anything at all. Just put words to paper. Place fingers on keys and start moving. Creativity lives off momentum, and it dies from inertia.

Permission to fail

What you create today doesn’t have be great, and it probably won’t be. Because we all know how bad a first drafts can be and often is. But the creative life is more about repetitions than revelations. It’s about going to work every day and trusting the mystery.

As my friend Marion Roach Smith says,

Writing isn’t mystical, but it is spiritual.

If you think about the difference between what we tend to relegate to mysticism, those activities are often entrenched in enigma. We don’t quite know how they work or even if they work. However, spirituality tends to be a very personal, and often practical purpose.

At the same time, being spiritual is different from being religious. Not everyone has a religion. But everyone has a spirituality, a worldview, some way of making sense of the universe. And out of that spirituality comes our best work.

No, I don’t think writing is mystical. I think it is very simple and ordinary. And like most things of that sort — relationships, work, parenting — it can be hard. Very hard. But it’s not complicated or impossible to comprehend.

All you have to do is begin and trust process.

The work of writing

I often liken writing to working out, because I’m terrible at both.

I don’t understand the chemical process of how fat burns and muscle is grown. But I trust that if I push the barbell up and let it down towards my chest enough times that something important happens.

The same thing is true with writing. You don’t have to understand the words you are given today — or the way you pull them from the ether or turn them into sentences that communicate ideas.

All you have to do is your job. Which, today, is to write.

Do you ever struggle with not knowing what to write? Share in the comments.

133 thoughts on “Just Write Something

  1. Jeff,
    I used to really struggle with this. I wanted everything I wrote to be something great, but then I realized I was wasting time while waiting for the perfect idea. Not any more! Some of the best ideas come from the worst drafts!

  2. Great thoughts, Jeff. Your words reminded me of a post I once about inspiration. In it I put these 2 quotes…
    “Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work” ~Chuck Close
    “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~Jack London

    I find those two statements accurate. I’ve gone through bouts of not knowing what to write but I know that just showing up is half the battle. Sometimes I will sit down at the computer and not have a clue…and then the words come. Crazy, (sometimes frustrating) yet there’s something I find beautiful about the process.

  3. Thank you Jeff for the helpful advice. I recently spoke to someone with the Tennessee Arts Commission about creativity & how visiting an art gallery can offer inspiration & creative thought.

  4. 1. I have to turn off the internal editor when I write. The person in my head who likes to say,”Seriously? You call that a sentence?”
    2. The best way I have found to battle not knowing what to write, is to sit in my chair and start typing. I keep writing until something makes sense.
    3. I give myself permission to fail. I write a horrible first draft and then work from there. Horrible is a good place to start. It is better than never starting.

  5. I’ve been giving my self “30 day challenges” lately, and this month, my challenge is to write every day, no matter what. I just write, knowing no one has to see it but me (although some of the writing does find its way into blog posts). There’s no pressure, just words on the page…and it’s helping, more than I expected. It keeps me in practice, it makes writing a part of my every day, I stay more “tuned in” as I move through life.

    I’m reading How The Light Gets In: Writing As A Spiritual Practice by Pat Schneider, and she talks about opening her mind to the mystery, and letting the words flow through her. That image helps when I get stuck.

    But no matter what, I just. write.

  6. I so agree with what you are saying today Jeff. I often have trouble writing even classwork assignments because I want everything to be perfect, which of course

    I know they wont be first draft wise. This morning for some reason, I woke up with the need to write about denture adhesive of all things. Will it be a product review or
    the start of a short story? Only time will tell.

  7. A great description of the writing process, Jeff. This is helpful and encouraging.

    There are three things that usually will jumpstart the process for me: prayer, journaling, or a change of scenery. Prayer reminds me I need to let go of my worries and to concentrate instead on the many reasons I have to be grateful. Journaling allows me to dump all the messy thoughts I have on the page to eventually reveal the healthy seeds of ideas. A change of scenery shifts my attention elsewhere, especially if I spend time with others. It not only fills my proverbial well, but also opens up a fresh perspective.

  8. So true – you just need to start writing – about anything – and the words will come. Put it off and procrastinate, expect them to drop into your lap or more likely onto your page and you will be disappointed. So yesterday I wrote about a dear friend’s funeral, about setting up my cake business, and about creating cupcakes for times of recession. Hardly ground breaking stuff but lots of likes and a reminder that yes, I am a writer. Thanks for all the emails and encouragement Jeff x

  9. So you think you’ve got writer’s block???

    I can’t write – is what you tell yourself?

    So you try a little harder. You take up yoga and tantric rhomboid mantra chanting. You learn to hula and you wonder if maybe you need to cash in the family savings bonds and send yourself on a trip around the world. You beat your head against the keyboard until Q-W-E-R-T-Y is permanently tattooed above your left eyebrow.

    Times like this you have to think like a submarine.

    You’re not blocked. You’ve just gone under for a little while. Like the ten thousand times ten thousand times that tourists have looked out over Loch Ness compared to the half a dozen times that funky old sea monster has been seen – sometimes creativity must submerge a little.

    Don’t let it block you. Don’t let it stop you. Come at the problem from a different angle. If you’re stuck on one chapter then start working on that section three chapters down the road. Pick a different scene or a different character. Fool around with the thing. Turn it inside out and wring it dry.

    It’s not a block. It’s just another bend in the road.
    Think like a freaking submarine.

  10. Thanks for this article. For many years fear and neglect stop me from pursuing and feeding my passion for writing. Now, I try to sit down and write, write, write. And read. It is amazing. Haven’t feel so free and liberated for a long time. Good things and not so good are coming out from writing but I discovered that, indeed, the only thing missing, was showing up to do the work, hopefully this will happen no more.

    1. Hi there. I have had the same problem as you Delmalis. I finally found an online course I could take to give me that push and I also sit down and make myself do this and do the blogging thing and have been reading more often as well.

  11. I have been feeling stuck lately. I can’t seem to gather my scattered thoughts or make myself just write, but know that is exactly what I need to do. And then I get distracted by too many other things… maybe I should write about these distractions and get the scattered ideas out on paper? Ok, this is my plan for today – I will write even if it is jumbled and messy!

    I always connect with your posts, Jeff, and realize we all have the same struggles. Thanks!

  12. Writers block isn’t much of an issue with me and seldom is motivation. However, I find it much easier to write a book than to push out the proposal for that book.

  13. Love this article because it’s what we all need to hear. Writers write. Simply said, but when our mind games have their way, it becomes hard.

    My challenge is sticking to one project until it’s finished rather than jumping from one to the other. Add to that the new ideas that want to join the party, and nothing gets finished in a timely manner.

    My solution is to exert firm self-discipline and tackle resistance Pressfield talks about. Sometimes changing scenery by working in a different room or location helps. Always ignoring email and other bright shiny objects is mandatory.

  14. There are times when I struggle with this. In fact, as I’m working on my book there are times when I feel almost paralyzed. Thoughts like ‘what if nobody likes it’ or ‘who am I kidding, I’m not an author’ go through my head. And then I stop writing.

    However, I discover when I take the pressure off myself and simply live ideas come to me. I could be driving to work in my car and I have to keep a notebook handy. I write down my ideas and thoughts when I stop at a traffic light. Since I have to keep my eyes on the road, I scribble my thoughts. There are times when I have a hard time figuring out what I wrote though. 🙂

    This was an encouragement for me and I thank you Jeff. I will keep on writing …

  15. Wow! Another very timely post you got there, Jeff. Thanks! Yup, just like everyone, I struggle with not knowing what to write. Just a while ago, I tried to write a poem out of a prompt but all that’s left on my paper were scribbles and doodles. But, yes, I agree on your advice to just write anything and that’s what I did. I just wrote the lines that I can produce although they didn’t really make me happy. Well, at least I started something today. Maybe I can go back to that tomorrow and make it better.

    Happy writing, everyone! Don’t give up! 🙂

    1. I’m not a fan of prompts for that reason. As my friend Marion Roach Smith says, “Write with intent.” Have a reason and a purpose for what you’re writing. It’ll make the words come more easily.

      1. Yup, you have a point. I also don’t just write a poem to follow a prompt. I use the prompt to follow what I want to write. And in that case, the prompt was connected to what I want my poem to say but I just couldn’t seem to write the best words yesterday. But a while ago, after going back and reviewing what I initially wrote, I was able to finish the poem and I was satisfied and happy with it.

  16. Hi Jeff, I am a visual artist and I am trying to write about the drawings. The blank
    page isn’t the issue, it is the secret place where my energy comes from – it resists
    being in the public. Any ideas?

  17. I don’t seem to run out of ideas for things to write about, but I do struggle quite a bit with knowing how to effectively start something I’m writing. I know the beginning or “hook” is important. What seems most helpful to me is just putting something down, no matter how bad it is, because that at least gets the process going.

      1. Good suggestions, and that does work for me also. For all the super-analytical people, it means we have to set aside our notion that things have to be done in a certain order. LOL

  18. I don’t often get stuck writing, but I certainly wonder about the quality of it. With limited time to write, I feel like I am throwing words on the page without reflection. I look forward to the day when I can do what you did, Jeff…quit the day job and write full-time. I wish you luck on your venture.You always send out quality material. I can count on that from you.

    1. Thanks, Grace. But the truth is I think it’s even HARDER know to discipline myself to write (because it feels like I have all the time in the world).

    2. Grace, I can see your point yet some of my best writing comes under times of stress and lack of time because that is what is most interesting. Just get it down and edit later. Write 9 pieces of stuff and get one piece of brilliance and you will have three pieces of brilliance in a month. Just my perspective.

  19. Hi Jeff, great thoughts this morning. I have two tricks to jump start my creative juices. 1. I write a letter to my mom or dad (both gone from this world) and tuck it away in my drafts folder. Some of the “bare naked truths” in those letters have inspired my best blog posts. 2. I vacuum and hold a conversation with the voices in my head. You know the ones that insists I’m not a “real” writer? Inevitably I have to abruptly stop cleaning and race to the computer to write.

  20. Yes, I have struggled with that blank page, and the feelings are devastating. I have found my key to unlocking that state of mind (for me, anyway). I turn on some music and try to write the words to the songs – if I’m concentrating on those words, I eventually start hearing another voice in the back of my head giving me ‘shoots’ off of those lyrics. Try it. This might work for you as well.

  21. Jeff – like your comparison of writing and working out! So true. Of course, I feel so much better AFTER working out. Hmm, actually same for a writing session.

  22. C.S. Lewis said, “You can make anything by writing.” We must, just write…. And eventually the sentences will flow. That has been my process. If you write 2,000 words and end up with 200 lovely thoughts, well done.

  23. I had never thought of writing as being spiritual before, but lately I’ve learned that I can’t achieve all that I want to on my own – I need God. So every time I sit down to write, I pray, and in doing so I feel like I have more peace and clarity and that my writing winter may soon turn to spring. Thanks, as always, for such an inspirational post, Jeff.

  24. Jeff, it is so easy to get motivated about writing and then make excuses. I hold a PhD in that field of writing. This Monday starts my quest to finish my book which already has 30,000 words but lacks structure. My best option is to keep cranking out the words and then figure out an outline to keep it on track and self-publish. I want my first book to be done and not perfect so I can move on to the second book. Scary for a perfectionist like me but your post prompted this comment. Thanks.

  25. Great post, Jeff. I love how you tie the mysterious way that just lifting weights reduces fat and increases muscle to how just writing produces written pages! I spent months working on my web site, EscapingDodge.com. Endless hours were spent on the look/feel, the foundation pages (like privacy/comments policies, About Me, etc. ), learning WordPress, reading Wrecked and Platform and blogs, listening to Pat Flynn’s pod casts and so on.

    Once I sent out my “here I made this!” email, the rubber met the road and I was forced to produce content!!! It turns out you are SO RIGHT…if you just sit down and start typing, the inspiration and content will come.

    Thank you for being consistent and present voice to prod us all along.

  26. I have been struggling for months with a new project. What you wrote today wasn’t really different from what I read in War of Art or many other books I’ve read. But something about how you wrote it made me just start crying and feel like I’d been given a hug. A hug I really needed. Thank you.

  27. I love how you said, “The creative life is more about repetitions than revelations.”. There is no mystical fairy dust solution to putting your heart onto paper. It’s simply a decision to meet words and thoughts where they are – raw and gritty, and take them to a place of refinement where beauty is all that’s left. It’s a daily mix of surrender and courage. I so admire your refining work. Thank you for this great message.

  28. Jeff–to the right of this comment box is your manifesto: stop writing to be read and adored. which is completely weird because my comment was going to be, “I don’t have trouble writing, I just want it to “mean” something.” My struggle is making it meaningful . . . then I figured out that it wasn’t up to me to make it meaningful–that is up to the reader. or did you say that? When you cross the bridge from “I want to fix the world with my words” to the other side “I am writing from my heart and I hope that it makes a difference in someones life–at some point.”

    I still have one foot on the dock and one foot on the boat!

    Be Blessed.

  29. Encouraging, Jeff. I think that’s why I have a dozen or so projects going at once. When I’m not connecting with or seem to be stuck on one of them, I can work on something else. Inevitably, working on something else sparks an idea, answers a question I couldn’t answer before, or inspires me to look at the story differently. But, over all, the key that’s been repeated here is don’t let the Resistance discourage you. Again, encouraging post. Thanks, Jeff.

  30. Oh boy do I struggle lately. Struggle to the point where the one thing I could write recently was about my frustrations with writing. Struggling to the point of launching into profanity laced tirades with my husband listening and doing his best to be supportive.

    The easy answer to some seems to be “Just sit your butt down and write anything.” It’s great advice and at times we just have to write crap in order to write something worth reading. Other times, just sitting down and spewing out anything, good or bad, is huge task. I’m slowly working out of my rut. It’s been painful (more figuratively than actual but I’m getting there. I think.

  31. I face this ‘nothingness’ all the time. I’ll sit and think and think and come up with nothing to put into words. But I testify that when I just start writing, not caring if what comes out is good or intelligible every time something comes out I never thought of while staring into space. Words come…from somewhere. Like I put out more antenna and suddenly picked up a signal. Writing’s putting out the antenna. The more antenna I’ve got out, the more signal I get.

  32. Happens all the time with me – often just before I come up with a breakthrough and do some of my best writing. Just like any goal. You just keep at it – your don’t dive into subjective psychobabble or “wait” for inspiration or wait for some other agency than yourself. You keep those fingers place upon the keyboard and you keep typing. You will get through it – always – as long as you continue to write. It may take an hour or a day or 2 minutes but it will happen. And when you can do that, you now have the ability to overcome your writing obstacles 🙂

  33. “Creativity lives off momentum.” I’m putting that on a sign in my study! Thank you, Jeff!

  34. Great post Jeff! Could it be that a struggle to find your inspiration is often a struggle to believe? A struggle to believe in yourself? A struggle to believe in your God-given gifts? I think so. In believing, we act, and in acting, we find.

  35. Great post Jeff! Could it be that a struggle to find our inspiration is often a struggle to believe? A struggle to believe in ourselves? A struggle to believe in our God-given gifts? I think so. In believing, we act, and in acting, we find.

  36. Thanks for saying it all. I accept it. This comment is me doing what you’ve told me to do and writing something. And managing to keep avoiding the large # of mss sitting there waiting for me to remember them and get back and finish them off. Being a writer is a choice, right? It’s what I call myself to myself, at least. But if I’m honest, it’s not what I’m actually doing all that often. I’m taking your words to heart though. Who else is going to step in and make it happen for me? I’m thinking no one. Thanks again.

  37. Thanks for a great post, Jeff. I’ve saved it in my “Inspiration” email folder. As writers, we can never be reminded too much about the need to “just WRITE.” So helpful to have quick, entertaining reads like this that really resonate.

  38. Great post. Helps to see the difference between easy and simple. Easy is breaking for lunch at 10:30, throwing in a load of laundry, looking online to see what everyone else is up to. Simple is just writing something. Thanks.

  39. At times I struggle with writing the next blog post but I keep a list of topics that come to me as I go through life. As far as writing books, I haven’t hit that wall yet but will definitely refer back to some of your posts for help Jeff.

  40. Jeff, you scoundrel, are you a mind-reader, as well as a writer? It sounded like you and I could have spoken recently. Thanks for reminding me of what I have already known, but not allowed myself to do. I understand that not everything a writer writes is gold, but that wasn’t good enough for me. I expected myself to rise above the obstacles, but I have gotten nowhere with that mentality. I have been paralized in my writing for a very long time. I have the ideas, but the words wouldn’t work. I needed to hear this today.Thanks again!

    1. yea…I finally after all these years am doing what I should have been doing all along and I finally see how easy it really is to just get started and why I did not do this so long ago when I kept thinking I want to write and I want to do this or that with it but never did anything about it until now… I feel as if I have wasted time really

  41. This was absolute best blog I could have read today. I have beens so afraid to start. I feel encourage by this, so I will begin! Thanks.

  42. I think everyone who writes has this problem, probably more often than they might like to admit, I know that I do. It is important to just put pen to paper (or finger to key, whatever) and write what comes to mind. No matter how terrible or uninspired it’s better than writing nothing at all and it is how to work out the kink of writers block. I find an hour long freewriting session will often do the trick. I do one every Friday in an attempt to strengthen my writing muscle, and have just started posting my results on my brand new blog – check it out at: http://www.briannsavage.wordpress.com

  43. When I take my eyes (focus or attention) off me and onto someone else that I want to share something with that is when creative juices begin to flow.

  44. I hit that place over the last couple of weeks. I just didn’t know what to write. I was trying to force it. Then suddenly the faucet opened up. I had tried to write something. Then what I wanted to write appeared.

  45. Your blog, Jeff, was a timely read for me. Over a week and many writing hours later I have struggled with a short story I am writing. After countless rewrites I am still not happy with it. I gave it to two people to read and adopted a couple of their suggestions but on a further re-read I am still not satisfied. Confidence in my writing ability is wilting to say the least. Even though I have published many newspaper and magazine articles, it seems I have much to learn about structuring a short story to my satisfaction. The writing is flat, too much show, not enough tell and I feel like I am in the woods and can’t find a way out. Talk about determination, one sure needs true grit to be a writer. Back to the keyboard – work, work, work. Ah, but what pleasure and satisfaction if I win this battle! Many thanks for your blogs of wisdom.

  46. This is my problem, that I don’t know where to start most of the time but I want to
    write so bad. I think I get nervous and think it won’t be worth reading or something. I don t know, but I have followed the advice of starting a blog and it is inspiring me to write about something and just get it out no matter what it is.

  47. Dear Jeff,
    I struggle from getting the best ideas, and the flow of good sentences, in the most inconvenient moments ( while driving, in a very important meeting, or at the dentist’s chair). I try to jot down the ideas as soon as I could, but when I find time to write, I become out of expressions, and the strong emotions that I experienced . Please HELP

  48. I think you may be right, today was the first day of what I call productive writing in ten days. Ten mornings I’ve sat at this computer and had to get back up again with a blank screen the only result. I recently read an entertaining book called How Not To Write A Novel and it gave me many tips but also a sense of fear. I read it ten days ago.. Today my husband happily entertained the kids while I typed till I’d reached a thousand words, then another thousand. I needed a coffee and I could hear the kids murmuring “where’s mummy?” from the other room so I called it a day. My mind is clear again and I feel like I’ve been on holiday. Admittedly its probably two thousands of words of absolute crap but it will give me something to edit. Thank you, I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts they are always useful and inspirational.

  49. This Monday starts my quest to finish my book which already has 30,000
    words but lacks structure. My best option is to keep cranking out the
    words and then figure out an outline to keep it on track and

  50. I find doing Julia Cameron’s morning pages the most helpful thing for a block as it gets out the emotional stuff that is often blocking me. I tend to have several projects on the go so can usually find one which inspires me at any given time!

  51. I struggle about what to write because everything seems to come out depressing and I end up thinking who wants to read that but it’s what comes out.

    1. May I just say, Joyce Carol Oates. Thinking seriously about saying her name again for effect but . . . nah would hate the repeat becoming too depressing for you to read.

  52. writer something. best is to write the things you enjoy.write out the emotions of a new day.write out the irritant.I usually write on my blog favorites

  53. There are a variety of pulls keeping me from setting down and allowing words to come out. One is that I have a desire to have all GOOD AND QUALITY ITEMS on the paper that make sense the first time. I either do not want to take the time needed or fear that nothing will come to me so why bother. Well I need to bother. I can get ideas from other writers that are similar to my style “voice” or read other types to broaden my horizons. Even in reading other authors though, I cannot compare and say, “I can never write with the passion as … so why try?” The answer is still the same. I need to TRY. If this is a gifting put inside then I am called to express. I read scriptures and express what is on my heart. For me, on a general basis, this is a good place to start.

  54. Jeff – This post really resonates with me, or perhaps I should say it hits a nerve. I am a new writer, still dripping with the stickiness of the birthing process. I find that I love the thought of writing, and I love when I hit my fingers hit their stride atop the keyboard, but it’s messy middle of starting and staying with it that becomes challenging.

    Your presentation at the Platform Conference really drove home the importance of the process with me- The inner commitment to write, the blocking out of time on your calendar, the daily getting up and writing, no matter what.

    Thank you for your authenticity, example and motivation!

  55. I’ve struggled with writing. I’ve tried to overcome this by simply writing about anything. Yes, about my day, about my breakfast, about my emotions, about an event I’ve witnessed. This helps me get something on paper, and allows my mind to start flushing out items.

  56. Mr. Goins,
    I just love getting your blog posts. This one is fabulous. I say the same things to someone struggling with their life as a soul. If you will just “do something” from Scripture and start to put it into your life, it will come! I’m just starting to write what I’ve always wanted to write and am loving it. I just had to follow my own advice to others and just “do something” and keep doing it. The creativity comes after a while! Thanks for this great post!

  57. I know I run into this problem quite often but this helps me with understanding how writing works. I usually try to write my ideas down as soon as something comes to mind.

  58. Somedays I can’t even get out of bed, let alone write but, if I put a load of laundry in the wash everything gets better. An object at rest tends to stay at rest, an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Ah, physics! Thanks for the reminder.

  59. I’m currently experiencing ‘writer’s block’ with my next book. Two chapters written but I just can’t seem to get past those to begin the third and sometimes I convince myself “Leave it and come back in two hours”. That turns into 3 days. Oh the life of a writer! Thanks @jeffgoins:disqus for being ever so authentic and timely with your challenge and encouragement.

  60. So true, can’t wait for perfection and can’t wait for that “magical moment”. Bring something to press or live with regrets…or of course, don’t be a writer.

  61. Sometimes writing is like pushing a rock up a hill, and sometimes it’s like rolling it down. Life and stuff can get in the way. But if you can let go, it is truly wonderful. You start something, a word or a sentence on the page, and you just let it go, let it take you where it will.

  62. Hey Jeff,

    Was just reading about you in your interview over at Copyblogger (How Jeff Goins Writes). I’ve been taking your advice and I’ve been living by Just Shut up and Write. Been going strong now for … 200 Posts in 200 Days! My only regret? That I didn’t do this 10 years ago … I would have finished my novel, ebook, and anything and everything else. It’s powerful stuff: habits. If you don’t make them, they’ll break.

    Thanks for spilling your knowledge over at Copyblogger.

  63. So true. Taking the first step to get back on track, therein lies the simplest step but biggest challenge. As you have acknowledged just begin to write knowing it may not make sense in the beginning but it will begin to shape up with time.

  64. You have made some great points here that are thought-provoking and intriguing. I am glad I found this article. I really appreciate all the work you put into this content. This is very impressive work.

  65. Oh man. I’m stuck without an idea of what to write constantly. Part of the problem is that I’m not entirely sure of what the sum of my writing should be about. Probably over thinking.

  66. My girlfriend coded a little writing-prompt website that some of you might find useful. It’s non-commercial (so hopefully I won’t get slammed for posting a link here). The website is http://www.write-something.org.

    The site has a countdown timer (thus providing the all-necessary yet often overlooked deadline) and a steak counter ala’ Jerry Sienfeld’s ‘Don’t Break the Chain’ method for keeping momentum. Feel free to check it out. Hope it helps.

  67. I often have trouble finding time to be settled enough to write. I also struggle with the feeling of not being good enough. I am almost finished with my memoir but it was hard to get to where I

  68. Recently I saw a free website that allowed me to insert a sample of my writing for the purpose of comparison to other writers’ style. Can’t find it again. Any ideas?

  69. “I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am.” Jane Austen.

  70. My mind explodes with ideas until I sit down to capture them.
    Then its as though they never were.
    It is beyond frustrating . . .

  71. I haven’t truly written anything in two weeks, and each day, I feel less and less able to. My creativity has atrophied from disuse, and I worry that I won’t be able to reactivate it. But, tonight, I commit to write something, even if it’s terrible, just to remind myself that I can. Thanks for sending this out today.

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