In recent weeks, gifted with the luxury of time and a lack of commitments, I have had plenty of time to spend time working on my current project. Because this lack of commitment and expanse of time coincides with long-suffering boyfriend being at home, it often also means that I take myself off to a cafe for the morning, to negate the possibility of distractions that occur if I stay at home. (Mornings at home often are likely to disappear into a vortex of talking rubbish with the LSB, and playing with the cat, if I do not do this.)
Also, the expanse of time has meant the afternoons are free to meet up with friends. Writing being a solitary activity, its great to be able to meet up with fellow writing-friends, and also friends-with-babies, and friends-on-the-allotment, who I rarely see otherwise. Meeting up with people has two-pronged benefits: it provides me with inspiration and the encouragement to keep on working, and it also stops the average writer from going a bit mad. Now, I don't care what anyone says, established or not, about being able to spend long hours at their desk, alone, quite happily without seeing anybody for long periods of time. Hours. Days. Weeks. Writer-friends, I can understand allowing your social life to die a little death when, by necessity, you have to work in the evenings alongside the day job. At least that way you get to see people during the day. But to spend all day at your desk, never raising your head so much as to make eye-contact with the postman? That way lunacy lies. You take my word for it.
Anyway, after several weeks of luxuriant writing time, and a most profitable series of days in my local coffee shop, I can offer you all the following advice. This is advice I have rough-hewn from my own experiences, and I am sure you can all benefit from it.
Here it is.
Write. Keep putting words on the page. Put one word down on it after another until the whole page is filled up with words. When the page is full, turn it over and begin writing on the other side. Write, and write, and fill the page with words. And keep putting words on the page.
You can edit later.