09 July 2011

Writer's Block: Targets

Set Targets to overcome writer’s block

Discipline is one of the best ways to overcome writer’s block. But how does one apply discipline? Scolding yourself will only go so far, especially if it is at the end of the day. Getting down on yourself for not producing does nothing toward getting the piece of writing done. Regret and blame are what you are trying to avoid!

One of the best ways of getting through a writing piece from beginning to end is to set targets. If you intend to write 1000 words, set yourself a target for each one hundred segment. Trying to beat the clock by timing each paragraph might pull you through.

Increase your writing speed by setting targets specific to your genre

Being target-oriented might work better with technical writing than with fiction, of course. Technical writing usually has the details known but is not all that inspirational. Fictional writing is generally more inspired but requires a working imagination. Still, fictional writing sometimes works well with a clock to watch. You will probably have to give yourself more time per paragraph fiction. The idea is to overcome your writer’s block. Using the clock to push you along may help. If it seems your writing isn’t as good when it is timed, refer back to my earlier post on not knowing how to get where you are going. Getting it written is the goal. Use the all the writer’s block tools to get past it, including setting targets.

I hope this has been helpful.

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