I’ve been giving the same piece of writing advice to all kinds of people lately, so I thought I’d share with the class. When you’re stuck on a piece of writing, lower your expectations for the draft. Writing’s an incredibly strange activity. It feels like you’re creating something from nothing. I always find it easier to work with something concrete than to face a blank page.
Now, I’m not telling you to send a piece of writing out into the world full of errors and confusion. Instead, this is a method of making progress. Writing is hard. Sometimes I’m trying to write a good draft and I just need to write any draft at all. Sometimes I’m trying to get a completely polished draft, and instead I need to focus on making sure I’ve worked out the plot. If you can’t do everything you want to do with a draft, try doing less. You can always come back and do another pass later if you need to.