Before your can overcome your resistance to writing (or most other things), you have to appreciate the wisdom of that resistance.
Not sure your writing resistance has any wisdom in it? Consider the story of Aime the Amnesiac.
In 1906 a woman was admitted to a French hospital under the care of Dr. Edouard Claparede. This woman, who wasn’t named in the research so I call her Aime, had had a brain injury made it impossible to form new memories. She could remember everything that happened until the time of her injury and nothing after the injury. Sorta like the Drew Barrymore movie 50 First Dates except in real-life people with this type of injury don’t get to remember a whole day; Aime could remember events for maybe 10 minutes or so before her memory “reset.”
This meant that every time Dr. Claparede consulted with Aime, he had to introduce himself to her as if they were meeting for the first time. Because, for Aime, it always was the first time.
One day, Dr. Claparede decided to try an experiment. He put a pin between the fingers of his right hand so that when he shook hands with Aime, she would receive an unexpected and painful, but relatively harmless, jab in her palm. When Aime shook his hand and jerked away, the good doctor apologized and left the room.
After waiting the time it took for Aime’s memory to reset, Dr. Claparede entered the room, introduced himself and extended his hand. Aime refused to shake his hand, even though she had never refused to shake hands with him before and she couldn’t explain why she was unwilling to do so. When pressed for an explanation, Aime said “Isn’t alright that sometimes one simply doesn’t wish to shake hands?” When pushed further, she said “Perhaps you have a pin or something in your hand.”
Aime had no conscious memory of being hurt when she shook Dr. Claparede’s hand. Yet she was adamant that she would not shake hands with him. Was she right to refuse to shake the doctor’s hand? Yes. But she didn’t know why.
We have two memories systems, one available to conscious recollection, one we don’t have conscious access to. We don’t have to have a logical reason or conscious awareness of a threat to trigger the limbic brain and feel resistant. Just because you don’t know why you’re resistant, doesn’t mean you don’t have a good reason to be resistant.
That’s the wisdom of resistance. Next time: how to respect the wisdom of resistance so you can overcome that resistance.