JESS: "Turn off your internet. If you're stuck for the next word, sentence, or plot point, checking Twitter is not going to help you. If you find yourself engaging in the endless Twitter/Facebook/email loop of doom, try one of the apps that will turn off the internet for you. I use Mac Freedom."
TARA: "If you have trouble connecting with a character, try getting into their head by playing songs they'd listen to or by having them answer fun, social-media style surveys. "
ELIZABETH: "If you're stuck on a scene, move on to the next one; you can always come back to it later. The Writing Police won't turn up at your door if you don't write your book in order. I'm forever writing scenes out of sequence, as it prevents boredom and gives me some breathing space to work out why the other scene isn't working."
PAULA: "Send your inner editor on vacation. When you're producing words at a rate of 1700 a day, they're not all going to be great. That's totally okay. Like I heard author April Henry say once: "You can edit crap. You can't edit nothing."
JESS: "If you're having trouble killing off your inner perfectionist - a must for drafting - try word sprinting with friends. See how much you can write in 30 minutes (or 45, or an hour) and then check in on Twitter to report your word count. Or if sprinting against others doesn't work, try Write or Die. If you stop typing for too long, this program will punish you with a reminder, a loud noise, or--in Kamikaze mode, which I find quite motivational!--by deleting your words!"
TARA: "Change your scenery. When you are stuck on a scene, go outside, to your favorite cafe/public hangout, or simply change rooms."
ELIZABETH: "Don't know how to start your novel? Don't waste time trying to come up with that killer opening as you'll be staring at your screen for days. Simply skip over your intro paragraph and start with paragraph two or three. Psychologically, it takes the pressure off trying to come up with that perfect opening and lets you get on with writing the story. You can come back to your opening paragraph(s) later, once you've settled into the flow of things."