If you’re here, it’s probably because you need to get something done, and you’re not sure how to do it. You might know exactly what you want it to look like when you’ve completed it, but have no idea how to get to that point. Or, you might have no idea what it’s supposed to look like, except that it has to be done. With any writing project, the writer and the editor (sometimes those are the same person, sometimes they aren’t) will be stuck at one or all of these points.
No matter how skilled or confident a writer you are, you will get stuck. It’s part of the process, and in fact, if you’re never stuck, you’re probably not writing, in the sense of developing, refining, or simply generating a coherent idea. You might just be typing, or scribbling, or putting down words as you think of them. That’s great for a draft, but I can help you take the steps you need to take to turn a flurry of thoughts into a well-crafted essay.
First step: spew. let yourself write whatever you’re thinking, but bracket it as a draft, as a step in the process. Set aside time to spew, set aside a place to save it (Get Started Now!) –and then, set aside time to read over the mess, and give yourself some credit for the seeds you’ve planted (Get Started Now!). Believe me, it’s a lot of time you’ll need to set aside, but not one minute (or hour, or week) of it is wasted!