Paul Simon’s song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover begins with the words “The problem’s all inside your head she said to me.” Paul is writing about the challenges of leaving a lover, and in the chorus he makes the recommendation,“Make a new plan, Stan!” Maybe he was secretly singing about overcoming writing blocks.
Making a Writing Productivity Improvement Plan is an act of commitment to yourself and your writing that will increase the odds that you will do the writing you are capable of. It usually isn’t enough to just hope things will change on their own.
The process of creating your plan involves remembering and honoring your desire to write, deciding what writing project is most important to start with, listing your strengths and challenges, selecting realistic and appropriate steps to take, and developing strategies for reconnecting to writing if you fall off the wagon. A more complete description is in my book, The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead.
You may want to keep a copy of your plan in a conspicuous place to remind yourself of your commitment. It may also help to let someone else know you have made a plan about your writing. Just imagining that a friend might ask you about your progress could motivate you to stay on track.
There are at least 50 ways to leave your writing block.