Sunday, February 01, 2015

Writers on Writing, Part 4: Charles Yu

"In order to write, don't write." I'm not sure if any writer can get a better tip for overcoming self-consciousness when composing. Whether the writer is an accountant, business analyst, engineer, journalist, novelist, poet, preacher, salesperson, scientist, or technician, author Charles Yu offers a sound piece of practical advice with humor and insight in this minute-plus clip.

My writing-coaching experience tells me that self-consciousness indeed is a source of writer's block, labored drafting, stress, and procrastination, all time killers for writers on deadlines. So getting into that zone of not writing in order to produce words on the screen or on paper is surely a sensible goal. How to get into that zone ... well, that's another story.