Of course you have! It seems to be part of being a freelance writer. Every now and again we get stuck.
Let me tell you there were times when I got stuck when I was doing staff writing too.
My solution to getting stuck is bookending. Here’s how it works:
- I call a friend and tell them I’m going to spend x amount of time on the problem project. That time might be 5 minutes or two hours – it doesn’t matter.
- At the end of the time I call back and report that I’ve done what I said, or that I haven’t. Usually I’ve found a way to get it done.
In other words, I book end both the beginning and the end of the time I’m spending on the writing project.
I think this works because I’m making myself accountable to someone. It works even if I don’t reach them and only leave messages on their answering machine.
Bookending works for writing projects and lots of other things as well. I’ve been known to bookend laundry, house cleaning and even going to the store.
Give it a try and let us know how it works for you.
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