Write like you’re running out of time. Tomorrow isn’t promised, so don’t wait until tomorrow. Next week isn’t guaranteed, so don’t postpone your story. Next year is a long ways away, so start now.
Your story isn’t going to write itself. The faster you write it, the faster it will come alive. For me, once I start a story, more ideas come to mind and the characters actually speak to me. They’re not just words on a page. They’re real. Their stories are real. If you have writer’s block, write down every idea you have. Keep a notebook full of ideas so whenever you get stuck, you can look up new things to write about. The point is to never stop writing.
I am aware it’s easier said than done. I have a lot of days where I just sit at my computer and stare at the screen because I have no idea what to write about. But on the days I do have ideas, I never leave my laptop. Those are the days when I write like I’m running out of time. Because I want to get every idea I have onto paper before it’s too late. Why? Because tomorrow isn’t promised, next week isn’t guaranteed, and next year is a long ways away.
If you happen to have writer’s block right now, here’s a dialogue prompt that might help you out: “I never stood a chance, did I?” “That’s the sad part – you did once.”