Staying put can keep you stuck

If you write, you’ve heard that completing work requires staying put:

Keep your butt in the chair.
Remain in the room.
Stay on the page until you’ve survived the draft.

All helpful advice that fends off the sudden procrastinator’s urge to rearrange the closet or clean the garage.

But sometimes, the mind freezes.

If you hit a roadblock that cannot be resolved by sitting with it, pick up the creative problem that has snagged and carry it with you into the kitchen to cut vegetables, take it on a walk or into the shower. Move quietly. Let your mind meander; do not let it wander away.

You’ll almost always find something that brings you back to the chair.