Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Breaking Writer’s Block, Part 5: Rewrite

Sometimes you might have a legitimate reason for contending with writer’s block: weariness, brain drain, or environmental discomforts, for instance. It may help in such situations to know that writing is a process, requiring distinct steps of planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. If you get stuck, maybe you could move to a less taxing step of the writing process.

The creative steps (planning and drafting) seem more demanding for most writers, while the analytical steps (revising, editing, and proofreading) require greater attention to self-criticism, rules, and structure. Why not move to those tasks to maximize your writing time? Shift from the first draft of document one to the second draft of document 2. Your next transition—from rewriting document 2 to drafting document 1—might be a smoother one.

Here are links to books on writing by Philip Vassallo: