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Chapter 8. Write This Way > Brain Freeze - Pg. 93

Write This Way 93 While most people who suffer from writer's block have the worst time moving from planning to draft- ing, people can get the writing willies at any stage in the process. Not to worry; Dr. Mommy-the-Writing-Teacher is here. Try the following ideas if you've gotten bitten by the writer's block bug. · Get something on paper. Brainstorming, freewriting, and the other planning techniques dis- cussed earlier in this chapter work beautifully for this purpose. · Schmooze with a friend--but only briefly. Tossing ideas around can sometimes get the creative juices flowing. Don't turn this into an all-day gab fest, however, even if it's a good buddy. · Ignore factors such as line length or word count when you first start out. Con-centrate instead on getting a draft in place. · Write the draft out of order, starting with the parts you find easiest. For in-stance, no one says you can't start with the conclusion, move to the body, and end with the introduction. · Vary your method of writing. If you usually keyboard, write longhand, and vice versa. · Figure out what's keeping you from writing. Deal with the problem, and then go back to writing. · Set aside a specific amount of time and make yourself write for all of it. Don't worry about the product. · Set realistic goals, such as one paragraph or a page at a time, not an entire novel at one sitting. The Least You Need to Know · Writing is a process that can be mastered with instruction, practice, and concentration. · The writing process includes planning, researching, shaping and drafting, revising and editing, and proof- reading.