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15 Things People Say About Being Stuck in Their Writing

  •  I just can’t find time in the day to work on it.
  • I settle down to write and nothing comes.
  • When I’ve worked on it for a while, I look back and think that this will never be acceptable or that it’s worthless.
  • I really intended to work on it today but I kept getting distracted, sometimes even by little things.
  • I like to do most of my work in my head, then write, but I’m under pressure to show some concrete progress.
  • I find myself doing anything but writing.
  • I know I have to finish this but I’m having trouble even getting up in the morning.
  • I can’t seem to get organized or find the focus I need for my topic.
  • Initially I thought this was an interesting topic, but now I just feel bored.
  • I do like to write, but my writing seems “all over the place,” not as coherent a whole as I’d like it to be.
  • The whole thing just seems so overwhelming, I can’t imagine how I’ll ever get it done.
  • I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I do have some good ideas, but I just don’t know if I can do it.
  • The other work or family demands in my life don’t leave me much time for writing or for the research I need to do on this project.
  • I can do the work but I get really discouraged. I’m not sure what’s good and what isn’t. What I really need is some encouragement.
  • The writing I can do. It’s the forms, the paperwork, dealing with other people who have a say about this that gives me problems.
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