Did you try it yet?
On Monday we talked about the powerfully effective, two-front attack on writers block that got me through my writing fears this week.
Today I’m sharing a few of the challenges I encountered with the writers block-busting method I discovered this week that finally got me working daily on that story. The reason I’m sharing these potential challenges is not to be negative but to help you overcome them.
Because every writing method has its challenges, even the one-two punch approach. And it’s stupid, but foreseeing the potential problems kept me from trying the method for longer than I’m proud to admit.
I won’t let that happen to you.
Because when I finally did give this method a shot, it worked so well for my writing that I wish I’d started with it in the first place.
(If you haven’t read part one of the one-two punch writing series yet, go ahead and read it now. I know. We need to work on the name. But, for now, read the article to find out why this approach works with our writer psychology instead of against it.)
So, without further ado…
5 Challenges You May Encounter with The One-Two Punch Writing Approach + How To Overcome Them
#1 When Your Shoulder Strains
So I was in bed because that’s the first step of this writing method. To lie down.
You could stack pillows underneath your head and sit half up. In this position you could still use a notepad or laptop. But I preferred to lay down. For me, it was the best way to relax. But that also meant I had to type each constipated word letter-by-letter into my smart phone with just an index finger.
My shoulder started to complain. So I put a pillow under my elbow to relieve the pressure. Try it. It works.
#2 When The Phone Display Is Too Bright
The light through the window went dark from moving cloud cover. Which made my phone display shine like a mini migraine-laser. Take the time to adjust the brightness setting if this is a problem for you too.
#3 When You Want To Fall Asleep
The fan was blowing, and the sound lulled me. My eyes started to burn and then closed. This is what pulled me back from falling asleep: I had to write 50 words.
That’s the second half of this method, and it’s important. It’s the task that kept my mind present. This minimal, teensy-tiny, so-accomplishable goal kept my mind awake and alert. Here’s where this writing method is a two-front attack.
The next problem? What to write about.
#4 When You Don’t Know What To Write
Here is the magic behind the method. I lay down to write, which helped me stay relaxed. And the goal to write 50 words kept me awake.
The two steps combined and alchemized. My protagonist appeared from the ether. Just a piece of him. A nose and one eye. Then his frowning mouth. A question surfaced.
Why was he frowning?
Barstools appeared. Bottles lined a mirrored wall. A TV played news overhead. Or ESPN. He was bored with the channel. But he was avoiding something, so he stayed.
I picked up my phone, opened Evernote, and started typing.
#5 When Two-Finger Typing Is Too Slow
Pretty soon my index finger couldn’t keep up with the flow of images. I struggled to get thoughts into text. Typos and backspacing. So I hit that little image that looks like a microphone. And I spoke the sentences aloud instead.
It wasn’t perfect. I had to annunciate every syllable. Every letter. Some things the talk-to-text software couldn’t get right. Unfamiliar words and phrases misspelled. Words autocorrected into other words. I touched one and waited for the select button to appear. Dragged the cursor to highlight an entire sentence. Typed it out manually.
It forced me to slow down. To annunciate each syllable. To consider each image. And identify the best parts before I could speak them slowly into existence.
It turned out that the challenges helped me write better in the end because I had to slow down. Maybe they will for you too.
Did you have any problems with the one-two punch writing approach that I didn’t cover here? Tell me about it in the comments.
Share the problem and what you did to overcome it. Because someone else may have had the same problem and could use your help with it.
Otherwise, enjoy building your writing practice with the one-two punch approach. And see that marvelous WIP grow like you always knew it could.
This article was part two of a two-part series. You can read part one right here.