Apparently, this guy couldn't ever see the birds outside the window. So, he found a way
Anyway, so what are you doing to overcome YOUR writing obstacles? My method is to 1) figure out exactly what the obstacle IZ and B) find a realistic, yet simple way to overcome it.
My main two writing obstacles seem to be fear of uncorking suckitude all over my pages and fear of tackling an emotionally exhausting scene (which, since I'm writing a character-driven horror novel, is, like, ALL of them). Wanna know my method for overcoming them?
The Chunkable Writing Schedule with Optional Reward Plan.This is merely setting a goal of finishing a small chunk o' the MS (say, a specific chapter or even one scene) and then writing the hell out of it until it's done - no matter if it's good, bad, or complete suckitude (since, as author Elizabeth Gilbert alludes to in her TED talk, whether it's any good isn't actually my business, lol). After the obstacle has been faced, I can haz small reward (i.e., I get to play the Sims 3 for an hour). Or I agree to tackle the media pitch letter of an author press kit, and then I can read my latest Straub novel for 45 minutes before having to start drafting the press release part of the kit next. And so on.
This week, CWSwORP entails getting past the mid-way hump of the novel. For a few weeks now, I've been flirting with the last third of it, but never really getting started (blame endless re-tweaking of some sections and one disastrous left turn at Albuquerque when I shoulda turned right. THAT took a coupla weeks to rectify all on its own). Now that I've missed my first draft deadline once and am SO gonna miss my second, I'm anxious to get solidly in the last third. My goal, then, is to get past this:
45199 / 85000 words. 53% done!
and reach 75% by next week. And I hope to do it via the CWSwORP. Wish me luck! I know I wish you luck in getting past YOUR obstacles this week - just let me know what they are in the comments and I'll send you a personal bit o feline wisdom to help you do it :)
So cheers on reaching your level best - or, yanno, at least standing on your hind legs to catch a glimpse of it.