Write around missing information

A common cause of lost momentum is the missing word. It's on the tip of your tongue, but after five minutes spent looking in the dictionary you still can't find it, and you've ground to a halt as a result. Write the name of your favorite sports team, your significant other, or simply "???" in its place, and keep on going. Your subconscious will bring it to the surface later. When that happens, don't forget to use the "search and replace" command in your word processing program to find your space-holder and insert the word where it belongs.

If you can't find the sentence to express an idea, you may not have fully formed the idea yet. Again, leave a space-holder, and keep on writing. Think about it later, perhaps when you are exerting yourself physically; many writers and researchers feel that exercise sharpens their processing of ideas.

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