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Are you in need of a writing boot camp?

Dealing with procrastination and overcoming writer’s block are recurring themes in the writing world.  Gretchen Rubin at the Happiness Project suggests the application of a ‘creativity boot camp’ when you’re your writing is in the doldrums.

I do find it a little disconcerting to see the words ‘boot camp’ and ‘creativity’ next to each other like that, but I buy the argument that there are times when it’s valuable to apply some structure, discipline and time constraints to your writing.  Silencing the inner critic/editor is definitely one of them.  As she says:

Because you’re racing, you don’t have time to listen to your internal editor criticize every move. You just put something on the page and keep moving, instead of sitting, paralyzed.

Writing regularly helps to keep you in the writing flow - another reason I like the blog format.  Gretchen gives an example where a friend found it easier to post every day than two to three times a week because it becomes more like routine, less of a ‘big deal’ and you get into a better writing rhythm.

What do you think?  Does your writing need to be nurtured or are there times when only the boot camp will do?

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