Writers, if we find ourselves billowing in an inspiration drought, we call it “writer’s block”. Like many, I used to run to writer’s block whenever my fingers just couldn’t put another word on the page. But, as a professional writer, I’ve learned that writer’s block doesn’t have room to exist within my business.
How a Deadline Slays Writer’s Block
We’ve all felt it before; that exhilarating boost of energy you feel right before a deadline to study for that test/finish that project/fill out that paperwork. The deadline becomes even more important when there is a check hanging in the wing.
With the chorus of Wu-Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M repeating in my head like a mantra, I can’t bow down to writer’s block when there’s money involved. I push through; I keep working. And like magic, I make it happen.
I haven’t always been like this. Back in college, a lot of my projects were completed just days before the deadline. I’ve even started studying for a test hours before the test was handed to me.
I come from a long line of procrastinators. Waiting until the last second is in my blood. But now, I’m grown I pay taxes. I have to get things done if I’m going to thrive as a freelancer. Ain’t nobody watching over my work but me baby.
Who gon’ check me? I gotta check myself.
What About Personal Projects?
Just like Hannah Montana once said, I ain’t perfect. But, working on Project BAN has taught me about the power of having a consistent writing routine. This past week, especially, my routine has become more streamlined than ever. I work on my novel at the beginning of my workday for about 15 minutes. At the end of my workday, I put in another 15 minutes. That gets me about 800 – 1000 new words a day.
And you know what’s crazy? Every single time I sit down in front of Project BAN I make progress. Some days it may be harder to write than others, but I’m never sitting there completely stumped.
The only things that are standing between me and a finished project are time and effort. When I’m consistent with putting in the time and effort, writer’s block ain’t even a part of my vocabulary.
What’s your experience with writer’s block/finding inspiration? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Just because it deserves to be in this post a second time, here’s Wu-Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M.: