In preparation for NaNoWriMo this year, I read a few books on writing during the month of October.
One I read was by Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo. In his book, "No Plot, No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in Thirty Days," he suggests creating a Magna Carta for your upcoming novel and to do so you make two lists, one filled with things you like in a novel (focus on these, of course) and one filled with things you don't like in a novel (avoid these).
I liked the idea and I did it and I was quite determined to not do anything in my avoid list.
It was probably doing wonders for my quality (well, maybe) but it was killing my productivity to sit here at the laptop and actively think about what I didn't want to write about while I was trying to write.
It's quantity over quality to keep hitting the writing goals.
I have to clear my brain out of the way as much as possible and I know I will still avoid certain topics I don't like writing about because writing about things I don't like will take the enjoyment out of writing. It's hard enough to do this. I can't imagine doing it and not enjoying it at the same time. But, if I make a glancing blow against topics on my avoid list, I'm letting it slide and not letting it put the brakes on the writing process.