The computer cursor blinks at you, waiting expectantly for you to write something brilliant. However, you stare back at that blank page thinking “Curse you, damn cursor!”
The dreaded blank page and writers block. It’s a phenomenon that happens to good writers, around the globe, every day. It happens to bad writers too but that is a different post for a different time. Novels aren’t the only place these phenoms occur, writers block can happen at home trying to write a note to your husband, (how does one start a note telling him his mistress called to say it was his night to look after their baby?), or at work trying to write an email to your co-worker (the words just don’t come to you when you somehow have to tell them you killed their plant, and lost the account while they were on vacation). Like I said, these things happen every day.
How does someone overcome writers block? This is a question writers have been asking for decades-centuries even. In the case of writing a novel, what I have learned, for myself, is to walk away from it for a while. Sometimes my characters just need to regroup and focus back on their goal/mission. For other writers they just sit and start writing, regardless if it’s good or not, until an idea merges. Then they are off to the races.
What are some ways you deal with writers block? Do you leave your characters alone and let them figure it out? Do you do writing exercises to help? Or do you simply make up stories at work to email your vacationing coworkers and write notes to your husband, falsely accusing him of betrayal, just to get the creative juices flowing?