Put butt in chair, fingers on keyboard. Write every day. Stop procrastinating. Pull the plug on the internet. Make time.
merit to all these sayings; writing never gets done if we don't sit
down and do it. That part of the process is under our control.
for me, there's a part of the process that can't be forced, that
doesn't follow the schedule of my will. Certain writing problems get
worked out below my conscious level. I turn them over consciously, and
when I start going in circles I let them be. I take a walk or do chores
or sleep, and I can feel something percolating at the back of my mind,
but I can't articulate it. I don't know the answer yet.
When the solution eventually seeps (or bursts) into my full awareness, it's a relief.
I took a cognitive psychology course in grad school, one of the things I
heard there was that the solution of a stubborn problem was often not
so much about attacking the problem to figure out the answer, but
stepping away and forgetting the wrong answers so the right solution was
no longer blocked.
I haven't yet found a way to rush this
process. I recently had a door open in my current project, and although
I've been knocking at that door for a while, it seems that what I needed
to open the door was simply time.