In last week's post I mentioned WRITER'S BLOCK as a writerly term. It's where you finally get a chance to sit and write, and--rats! No words can be coaxed from your brain onto the page or screen. I can't say as I've ever experienced it, since I start out a typical writing day going over what I've previously written, and that seems to be enough to get me in the swing of things. I also do some of the following:
Some Ways to Deal With Writer's Block
1. Spend your "off-hours" pondering what will happen next. In the shower. While washing dishes. Then by the time you're actually sitting in front of your journal/computer, you'll be chomping at the bit and prepared to write.
2. Outline your plot--at least roughly--so you know where you're going with your story.
3. At the end of a writing session, halt in the MIDDLE of a scene rather than at the end, so you have an easy start the next time.
4. Have a file or folder with Shiny New Ideas for the future, for when you finish a project and are ready to start a new one.
5. Do a writing exercise, such as writing a short scene in your character's point of view about something unrelated to your novel. Something in his/her past, perhaps.
6. Interview your characters and see what makes them tick. Knowing your characters better may help gain clues as to their motivations and future actions.
7. Do an image search online. Type in something like "cottage in a forest" or "sad girl" or "sci-fi city." Use a photo to inspire you.
How about this photo to get your writerly gears turning? [photo removed in 2012 due to potential copyright issues].
If you've ever experienced writer's block, how did you work yourself out of it?
Have you ever used a photo prompt to give you ideas for a story?
What kind of setting, character, or words come to your mind with the above photo?