In talking to non-writers (that is, "folks who neither think of nor introduce themselves as 'writers'") I often hear things like "writing is hard."
Bullshit. At least, for me, in my odd world, that's bullshit.
'Cuz for me what's hard is not "writing," but "NOT writing."
Yet I have found that often NOT writing is the best thing I can do for my writing. What often works better is to hold that urge—to force it to cure and amplify and build like a feedback wave until there's no longer any damned chance of not writing.
Take the current rom-com project as an example. I'm on page 93 of the first draft. I have a producer waiting to read the damned thing as soon as I can send it over. I have an outline that I like well enough, and I see most all of the major scenes clearly enough in my head. But I'm not spending much time in the physical act of "writing"—I'm not tapping keys and adding words and letters to the pile.
Instead, I'm slow-circling the project, thinking about these scenes yet to be written. I'm listening to the dialog these characters want to say—need to say. I'm looking for all the subtext and theme and off-camera story that might be hinted at and referenced. Part of me wants to dive in and start clicking the keyboard, but another part of me says "relax... not yet...".
Wait 'til you can see the whites of their eyes....
The trick here is to hold the pose, to maintain steely-eyed focus until your body (or at least the mental image of your body) quakes and shudders from tension and near-exhaustion, and then release that pent-up focused creativity in a massive burst of output. When that burst comes, I'll blow through 15, 20 pages in one sitting, and often these pages are pretty damned good, requiring a lot less work and rewriting than if I'd instead sat here for weeks, noodling a few words here, adding a snippet there, appending a page as comfortable.
Because writing— the real nuts and bolts heavy lifting part of it—is not what you do with your fingers. That's "typing."
Writing—real writing—is done in your mind, and the longer I can put off the urge to scratch that itch by clicking on keys, the better the writing will be when I finally do scratch.
So if you see me not writing, relax: I'm probably busy writing.