So you dutifully sit down to write every morning, but it just doesn’t seem to flow. You worry about word choice. You worry about whether you need this scene. And what to do about your main character who isn’t very likable?
Suddenly, your novel, the one thing you live for has become a chore.
How about warming up to your work by writing a letter instead? It could be a letter to yourself, someone you love, or a long-dead relative. And the best part about it is that you don’t have to mail it.
Use your letter as a way of getting rid of all those things floating around in your brain that distract you.
Use it as a way to muse about your novel.
Or take a leaf out of John Steinbeck’s notebook and use your letter as an “arguing ground” for the story of your novel, as well as all the fears, ambitions and preoccupations that might be interfering with your work.
When you have finished your letter, put it away, and write that next scene.