If you're a writer, you know what I"m talking about about. Writer's block, it happens to all of us. That moment when, after so much hard work on a book or story, you find yourself clueless as to how to continue. So what can you do about it?
I've written two full-length novels, one of which is published at this time, a (sort-of) short story, due to be published within the next month, and five illustrated rhyming picture books, one of which is published so far. And yes, I get writer's block too.
It's frustrating, aggravating, and can make you want to pull your hair out. I find myself asking why, after beig able to write over one-hundred pages on a story, do I suddenly draw a blank? I have no idea. It happens. The real question is, what to do about it.
Well, I don't know what works for everyone, as I can only write about what helps me. If my husband is around, I usually talk it out with him. Sometimes, in fact, frequently that's all it takes. Talking it out makes everything clearer, and it also brings to light any "plot holes" that I might need to address, or characters or situations that I could explore more deeply. Just talking usually makes the wheels of my brain start turning again and I leap the hurdle of writer's block.
If my husband isn't available, I call a friend I trust, and if I can't reach one of those, sometimes checking my Twitter feed, leaving the house for an hour, or watching a little television will spark an idea. Or maybe I have an idea for a different story, and that distracts me enough that I can't focus on the one I'm writing. I have a notebook in which I write such ideas. I find that once I commit them to paper, I can let them go and focus on the story at hand.
The most important thing though is for me to remember that it will pass. If I let myself get stressed out about not being able to write, I find that the problem only perpetuate itself. Whereas, if I remind myself that it will eventually pass, just maybe not as quickly as I would like, it does leave, and I can get back to my passion!