Ask google to define writer's block and this is what you get: The inability to write.
So it amazes me how every single day twitter is flooded with posts such as:
ear0wax Writers Block!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
mynameismickey I have writers Block :(
hollzyy writers block AHH
gigglesmack trying to write a story but has writers block
Not only do they generally not bother with the apostrophe but they become reasonably repetitive. The far more useful post would be when the writer says they are doing such and such to get around their writer's block. That is actually something all writers would have an interest in because we all experience lulls in our writing flow and sometimes those suggestions are just what we need to get going again.
Plus, if they are writing a post on twitter, I'm not sure that writer's block is the problem.
The problem becomes one of focus, or that a particular project is not going well, or (like most of the rest of us on twitter) they have things to do but are just having too much fun distracting themselves elsewhere.
For those genuinely stuck with writer's block there are many suggestions out there to help get you writing again (some good, some bad, some random) but usually writing anything can help get you started. K. M. Weiland gave an interesting guest post in May on how to create inspiration for those feeling uninspired.
So here is a very basic list of ways to get going again:
- Read through your planning notes and look at where your story is going - it could be you are getting stuck because you aren't sure where it is you want to be
- If you are stuck on a particular segment but you know what is going to happen, skip over it and write something for another section. Sometimes that can help get you focused on your project again.
- Take a character or event or place from your story and write a short story around it - separate from your main project.
- Before you start to write, create a list of what you want to accomplish in the session.
- Find a writing prompt exercise to begin with before starting work on your project.
- If you haven't written in days, it may be time to start a new project and come back to the one that has you going around the bend.