When the writing won’t come …

Eat well and stay hydrated.

Stop making excuses and stop being lazy.

Stop your moaning and groaning.


Okay, now that we have the easy part out of the way. 

Yes, it has been a shit day, week, month, year, life, whatever. 

Get over it.

If you’re not writing then change it … Write!


Now, if you have been writing which is more than most then it might be something else. 

If you are not happy with your plot or your character or the way your characters holds his tongue when you’re trying to concentrate on what he'll do next then do something about him.

Change him/her/them. 

Yes, you have this power. You are the writer, the creator. You, and you alone have the power of the pen (or keyboard) and the last time I thought about this I’m pretty sure that meant your story is under your control and no-one else’s.

So if you’re not happy about the way your story is going then change it, change it now!

If you would rather be doing something else then go do that thing until you feel better and want to write again. Writing takes time and effort.

It’s like life, it’s hard.

Yes, writing is hard and don’t let anyone try to fool you into thinking it’s not.

Many people have said writing is hard and here’s proof:

Carrie Vaughn said so at the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2009 when she presented on Goal Setting and Building a Writing Career.

Writing is the hardest work in the world. I have been a bricklayer and a truck driver, and I tell you – as if you haven't been told a million times already – that writing is harder, lonelier and nobler and more enriching ~ Harlan Ellison.

A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God ~ Sidney Sheldon

If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do ~ William Zinsser

So that’s how it is. Easy reading is damned hard writing. If you really want to be a writer then get used to it!

Go do some writing.


Writing is hard.
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