Writing should be a spontaneous activity—idea to page—but we dream too long and the idea is lost in the haze and never hits the page.

The Cure

Writers must outline their work.  We need to plan the major plot points, understand their characters in minute detail, and then walk them through the plot.

The idea of being a Pantser—writing without a plan is a romantic notion.  Very few people are able to pull it off.

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How to Stop Sabotaging Your Writing Efforts | VelocityWriting.com

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Some writers have a clear picture of what they want to writebut then they think that they are going to finish their manuscript in a week or month.

The Cure

The cure for this is to determine how many words you can write per day based on your schedule, then adjust your priorities to meet that goal. They say, “Content is King.” That’s true, but Consistency is Queen.

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The classic way for writers to zone out is alcohol or drugs and today they seek hits of brain dopamine by constantly consulting their phones or sites like Facebook.

The Cure

Identify the self-sabotaging behaviors and refuse to be seduced by them. We need to get pleasure from writings so you don’t need to rely on outside things to calm our minds. Our minds are designed to focus and lack of it is self-sabotage.

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Aspiring writers write a sentence, paragraph, or page, and then immediately edit it. All perfectionists are deep into self-sabotage.

The Cure

You want a full first draft. Then you start the revision process.

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Excuses for not writing. One common one is “Waiting for the Muse.”

The Cure

Plan your work and work your plan. I say, “Suck it up and be brave if you want to amount to anything as a writer.”

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