The only times I’ve ever had writer’s block was when I told myself I should be writing, but I really had nothing to say worth putting onto paper.
While scheduled writing times seems to work for some people, I am not a fan of them. I did that for years and beat myself up because everything I produced during those times was painful to write and even more painful to read.
My brain does a lot of writing and editing in the background, while I do dishes, swim laps, talk to my neighbor’s dog, or wash my sidewalk.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been in a meeting with someone when I stop and say, “Hang on. I just thought of something.” I pull out my iPhone and shoot myself an email note.
Just like in raising children one cannot script and schedule high-quality engagement, so in writing the muse must be allowed to speak when it is ready. Otherwise, at least in my case, the dishes would never get done and I wouldn’t have fun like this that actually inspired some other writing I did.