I have an awful habit of overthinking while writing. I sat down the other day to write a short story, and I got so wrapped up in trying to make it make perfect sense and have the best descriptions right out of the gate rather than just writing.
Back in college, we would be given a prompt and asked to sit down and just write for two hours until we had between one and two pages. I really liked that challenge because it forced me to write anything I could toward a story, leaving the worrying about making it perfect until a future date when I would choose to develop it.
With my new goal of writing 52 stories in 2017, one per week, I have a newfound desire to get back to that simple way of getting the story down. I need to remind myself to slow down and let the story flow, and to stop trying to perfect it before it’s even on the page.