When I write I feel like I have so many choices to make. First of all, do I want to write about my life or do I want to make things up? Second of all, do I want to write for my blog, or for any of my professional writing projects? Do I want to write something I could use for any of my classes or not? Do I want to write in Spanish or in English? Home or at a coffee shop? It's decisions, decisions, decisions! And I have to say... I suck at making decisions. I'm horrible at deciding because sometimes I really can't make up my mind.
A few years ago I stumbled upon a writing software called WRITE OR DIE that has a free web application. How it works: you set up a writing goal in terms of word count and time to pursue this word count. Whenever you stop typing for more than ten to fifteen seconds the computer screen starts turning bright red and once it's all read a horrible sound starts screaming out of the speakers, letting you know, by all means, get back to writing or you're dead! I've found it to be highly effective for me. I don't have time to think about any of the decisions I have to make. I just have to start writing and that is it!!! Highly effective I have to say. The only thing is that I usually end up "free writing" which isn't ideal when you're trying to write a novel you can publish at some point. But I'm thinking it's a great writing exercise. If I do it well I will write 3,000 words in the morning and 3,000 words in the afternoon. I can divide between several blog posts, in different languages and then part of my novel if I can master this, it would be ideal. I'm trying to get the most out of this summer vacation = )