Overwhelm is brutal. Resistance loves to whip it out every now and then. It spins it as writer’s block, because that’s a much easier pill to swallow than admitting we’re in over our heads (even temporarily).
Writer’s block has such a lovely ring to it, doesn’t it? It’s romantic. It absolves us of responsibility.
Too bad it’s utter nonsense.
If we take the time to figure out what’s keeping us from writing, we can come up with a strategy. When overwhelm is the problem, the solution is to break the project down into the smallest possible tasks. Focus on writing just one scene. If that’s still to much, focus on the inciting incident or a scene outline.
Whatever it takes to do the work.