May is short story month.
I'm about to head to the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival tomorrow - I cannot wait - where I never fail to get reinvigorated creatively. The ideas fly, the faces-to-names effect is wonderful, and the tips and tricks get shared.
In a master class I went to where Michael Nava was speaking, he gave some great advice about staying in the flow of writing. Put far too simply versus what he said, it was basically "go back later."
A first draft is a first draft. It will have holes, contradictions, and all manner of other issues. And that's fine.
I've heard similar advice about writer's block: just write. It might suck at the beginning, but keep going. There's a particular kind of stumbling block where you hit a phrase or word choice that leaves you unsatisfied - but if you can't think of the correction right away, leave it and keep going.
Then come back later and fix it.
I have a system cheerfully stolen from something Jess Wells said, where I abuse square brackets. If I need a character name and don't have one, they hold the place. [Man], for example. It's one find and replace moment to fix later. Similarly, I type [more here] at least a few times where I know I need to explain myself, but want to keep riding a dialog wave or I'm just having a great run, and don't want to hop online to find out what a particular building looks like.
Because online is a trap. But you knew that.
Make a mess. Blast through a dry spell. Even if you end up with one piece of useable dialog, you've gotten more than if you'd not written anything, right?
And hey - it's not like you're not going to revise and revise and revise anyway.