When we’ve hit a roadblock it’s very tempting to give up altogether. Because when it work gets hard, when it gets difficult, the resistance is harder to fight.
The key to getting over the roadblock is to just do. When you are in control of your work, the only thing getting in your way is you. If we act as if we’re able to write even when we can’t, play pretend, act as if you can work, or parody talent. These are all ways to get over the creative hurdle.
The other thing we can do is to establish a daily practice—where you try something every day no matter big or small. Even if it’s just one sentence, even if it’s just two words. This is the more productive, practical, and sustainable way to get over roadblocks over and over again.
The critic says a lot of things.
You’re not going enough,
This isn’t going to work,
You’re too young for this,
They’re going to hate it.
The critic is doing it’s job.
It’s your job to pick it up and take it apart. What is your intrinsic reaction to it, and what can you do with it knowing that it’s not really a good representation of you?
It’s harder to do the work when there’s nobody around you pushing you forward and onwards.
This is where the magic of external deadlines come in.
External deadlines are less lenient with you. They don’t let you off the hook as easily as an internal deadline with yourself. If you’re a freelancer, working in a team of 1, missing an internal deadline feels more okay than one given to you by someone else.
That said, if you’re looking to do important work, gather 5 of your working friends and create a collective external deadline for each other.
Don’t hold back. The external deadline is for you.