The most important thing a writer — any writer — has to do is writing. It sounds simple and underrated, but is probably the easiest to be distracted from. Life gets in the way. So does the day job. Kids, family, commitments. The wrong pen. The wrong computer / tablet / gadget. The file is missing. The file doesn’t work. The formatting is wrong.
What ever the excuse, recognize it for what it is: It is an excuse.
Instead, get back to it. Write.
Story Shots has twenty-two tips listed based on experience from writing for Pixar. I skimmed it down to the five that I most needed to hear:
#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.
#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
What is keeping you from writing? How are you going to stop it from winning?