|By Antonio Litterio|
1. DRIVE THAT DRY: When you’ve had a run of successful writing sessions, it comes as a shock when you hit a dry patch. Don’t panic. The act of writing is like holding handfuls of sand: the harder you try, the more effort you put in, the closer to impossible it gets. The first blank sheet, or coming back after a break, is always tough. Forget what you planned to write. Instead, plunge straight in to writing your most exciting scene. It doesn’t matter if it’s out of context, just get something down on paper. This works on the sink or swim principle. It may just take a prod to make the words start flowing again. If that doesn’t work, there’s a point when sitting and suffering is pointless. Visit your own particular well of inspiration, even if it’s only snatching a nap or taking a walk. Chill out. Stop and smell the flowers. Sometimes you achieve more by trying less.
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