June 14, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

Seven sensible steps to success as a writer
Step 5 (Cont) Stop when you know how to go on



The target of writing two hundred words – good words, I hope – is only one part of my daily professional discipline when composing.

The other part is this: I always stop – invariably – when I know what the next words will be. I never write until the words hit a blank wall and I don’t know how to go on.

Anything, to avoid the 'black hole' of writers' block.'

I’ll write to the end of a paragraph, or a section, or a particular train of thought.

But (providing I’ve met my target) with the next words already in my mind I’ll stop writing.

I might jot a few notes down to remind myself. But the rest of the day is spent with the new words evolving in my consciousness.


Next: The waking day


Photo: Black hole in the milky way by Ute Kraus, Physics education group Kraus, Universität Hildesheim, Space Time Travel, (background image of the milky way: Axel Mellinger) - Gallery of Space Time Travel. Wikimedia Commons