I think this gal might be on to something.
I think one of the biggest reasons writers fail is because they don't write...The reason seems to be that the students who had to make a lot of pottery, began to play and take chances on their work since it didn't matter how it turned out. These risks allowed them to create some incredible work; they were free to create without judgment.
After a year of labouring over Writing my Book, with endless time spent researching such dry facts as sheepherding in Wales, I've taken a different tack. I gave myself a "month off" to write any fun fiction thing that appealed to me. I've gotten a lot more written, I think what I've written is better technically and I've enjoyed sitting down to write every day.