You totally got the shivers, didn't you? It's because, for a writer, there is nothing worse to productivity than writer's block. I think the cause of writer's block is different for everyone. Take me, for example. I'm a plotter, so when I get writer's block, it's not because I don't know what's going to happen next. It's usually because I'm just not feeling it. That could because my kid has a fever, I just opened the power bill, the dog barfed on the rug, or any number of things that would put me into a bad mood.
Unfortunately, when you have a contracted sequel to write, an editor isn't likely to care if you were having an "off" day. You're going to have to write despite those days when your brain is elsewhere. So what do you do?
I'll share my personal secret weapon with you. Granted, some of you already know about this program, but for those of you that don't, it's a lifesaver.
Write or Die
What is this awesomely awesome website of awesomeness, you ask? Let me break it down.
First, you can use the features on the website for free, or you can buy the desktop edition for ten dollars. I bought the program. Totally worth it. Next, enter the amount of words you wish to write and the time you wish to write them in. I usually put in 1000 words and I want to have them done in thirty minutes.