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Negative pauses

Planning too far

Although I have suggested that you keep working on your list plan, adding material and maybe writing the odd sentence or two, try to ensure that this is a productive activity rather than simply a way to avoid actually writing the document. If the pauses between writing anything on the list plan move from natural moments for thought to protracted breaks away from it, it is time to recognise that you are stalling. Either leave it alone entirely for a day or two in the hope that you will return to it, be inspired by what you have done so far and want to write, or consider whether you might have writer’s block and take steps to solve this common ...

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