Here are some things to consider:
1. Write when you don’t want to.
2. Start with something you feel. If you are mad, write about it. And don’t stop. Keep writing and writing and writing and let your character take over and they will be so mad and scream and that will be good. If you are sad, write it down. Tell about why you’re sad. Put the exact words the person said to you that made you crumple in on yourself. Write the sad things you thought and the things you wanted to say. If you are overwhelmed, write about what it feels like, be specific, does it feel like boulder pressing down? Does it feel like a million people telling you what to do and when to do it? Does it feel like the you’re standing under a waterfall? Write it down.
3. Have friends. That write. And who will talk you through your book. Carol has said this before. It’s true. We need support and love and someone who doesn’t mind discussing fake people. I think I’ve said this before too.
4. Don’t stop exercising. And walking around the block can count. Moving helps your brain. Your brain helps your book. Your book helps your life.
5. They stopped selling my favorite popcorn at costco. This is just a fact. Not a thing. It has nothing to do with writing.