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3 Forms of Writing Self-Sabotage

How to F*#&-ing Stop

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

1. Overthinking


  • Find quiet before you write— however ‘quiet’ feels for you. It could be a silent meditation, or meditative activity like cooking or cleaning. Maybe you go for a walk, work out, or take a shower. Doing something physical or sensory will bring you more into your body, and help you disconnect from the mind-chatter in the background.
  • Alternatively, (or congruently,) find noise. Listen to music on your headphones, maybe instrumental or lo-fi, that can be in the background instead.
  • Work in short and focused intervals. Reward yourself with each task done.

2. Distraction


  • Limit temptations. Put your phone on ‘Do Not Disturb,’ or airplane mode, or leave it in another room, another building — whatever you need to do. If home is distracting, go somewhere else. A library, cafe, co-working space, office, or designated space in your home are all good options.
  • Use rituals as a pre-writing practice. Be it a cup of tea or espresso, a certain scent or outfit, rituals are a way to cue yourself into ‘writing mode.’
  • Harness the power of productive procrastination. Make a to-do list that includes all tasks, big and small, and if you can’t focus on one then move to the next. But watch yourself so that you don’t fall into this as another trap.

3. Perfectionism


  • Done is better than perfect. Imperfectly done is better than perfectly overthought.
  • Build a relationship with your perfectionism — what is it trying to guide you toward? See it as a light that is always moving farther ahead, not meant to be captured but there to illuminate the path in the distance.
  • Use tools like timed writing exercises, or if you need an extra boost, The Most Dangerous Writing App will delete your words if you stop writing.


  1. Don’t think.
  2. Put your phone away.
  3. Write one word. And then another.



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Yael Shira

Creative practice, chronic illness, and everyday healing. Writing to write, 25 minutes a day.