There are many reasons folks don’t write. Lack of talent isn’t one of them. UN-writing is.
Writers share lessons about PRE-writing, RE-writing, FREE-writing and those are interesting; but UN-writing is tedious, a bit like unraveling a sweater. It is boring to describe and boring to do but it’s essential so that the next writing is free to be original.
It is an emptying that happens after a writing is finished, whether is’s a novel, doctoral dissertation, letter, investigative report, presentation, speech or any other format. Whilst it is happening, it’s good to do something else. Here are three possibilities:
- Write lists. This isn’t creating much content but it’s writing-ish, is easy, looks substantial and quiets the fingers.
- Do something easy but different. Walk if you usually drive. Drive if you usually walk.
- Do something easy you are good at doing. Watching TV. Running marathons (one at a time). Lip-syncing extremely cool music.
UN-writing will happen and you can’t force it. But, you can allow it.