ENJOY THE PROCESS
Contrary to what most people like to think, writers write because they love it, not because they want to torture themselves on a daily basis! As I explained in my post, it is the need to express ourselves which fuels the writing. So, rather than starting your writing session by giving yourself a number of words to write, how about reminding yourself instead why you sat down with pen and paper (or your computer) in the first place? Writing is your opportunity to explore freely your own creativity. No one is forcing you to write. No one is telling you what to write. How lucky is that! The more pressure, limits, expectations you will put on yourself, the less you will write. If you are happy to explore, the process will be far more enriching and fun. So take a deep breath and start your writing session by asking yourself what is it that you want to write about then go for it.