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Reversing Assumptions can reverse writer’s block

One of the techniques that I enjoy sometimes is reversing the assumptions of a problem that I am struggling with.

I also remember to do this exercise with a pencil.  When I try to do things in my head, I frequently get confused.

I realized I was telling myself that the second draft would be harder than the first and I had to know so much more than I knew about writing to complete it.  And finally, that if I write quickly, off the top of my head again, it will be terrible.

So I reverse each assumption.  There is no reason for me to suppose that the second draft will be anything but easier than the first draft.  At least, now I know the entire story. Also I have been learning steadily.  Maybe I do know enough my now.  And finally, it if I write quickly it might be quite beautiful.

That has gotten me excited about writing again.

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