1. Do you associate writing with pain? Or with pleasure? The longer we write, especially if we have not reached measurable milestones—finishing a book, publishing a book, winning awards, etc.—the easier it is to link pain with our passion. To break the cycle takes intention and a commitment to approaching our writing in a different way.
2. Why would you expect anything to change if you are doing the same thing with your writing today that you were doing yesterday?
This question can be a huge wake up call for a lot of writers. We start writing and then life happens. Demands on our time increase instead of decrease, so it becomes easier and easier to set aside the writing because we feel stuck, frustrated or lost. Do nothing and you stay stuck. It’s that easy.
3. What are you willing to do to get unstuck? Staying stuck is a choice. While many of your fellow writers are okay with complaining about all of the obstacles they are facing, high-achieving writers focus on what they can do to make a difference now. Take baby steps back to your writing or, jump into a large enough challenge that immerses you back into the world of writing and the world of your story.
4. Are you looking for a pat on the head, or a kick-start to your writing challenges?
There are times we simply need reassurance. But there are other times that we need something more. A clear call to action. A roadmap to move us from where we are to where we want to be. If a car is stuck in mud sometimes rocking it back and forth is enough. But when it needs more you don’t keep rocking back and forth because that will only mire you deeper into being stuck.