Ah, yes. Writer's block. The arch-nemesis of a writer's creativity. At some point or other, each of us will come down with that unfortunate ailment. But what are we to do about it when it happens to us?
First of all, I'd like to define what I mean by "writer's block." It isn't losing the desire to write. That's common, but it passes if you just keep at it. What I mean by writer's block is the phenomenon of having no idea what to write next. (Cue the music accompanying Darla's entrance into Finding Nemo). I'm sorry to say that even the most meticulous plotters will have to face this dreaded beast at some point, and the chances go up exponentially if you're a pantser.
So what are we to do? First of all, if you're a Christian, pray. I have to admit that I forget this first step too often, but I'm working on that. Ask God for help writing the story only He can write. Then, drown yourself in whatever usually inspires you. Watch a movie, get on Pinterest (for writing prompts and character quotes, not salad-in-a-mason jar recipes). Listen to music, read a book. The key is to fill yourself so full of ideas that something useful will come to the surface.
Also, talk to someone about it. Someone you trust. For example, my sister is my biggest plotting buddy. Even if the someone you talk to doesn't actually offer any helpful ideas, just talking about it really helps get the wheels turning. Maybe the genius idea you had at 3 am doesn't sound as good when you say it out loud. There, you've saved yourself a headache. Or maybe the silly idea you had during lunch isn't actually so silly after all. Or saying the silly idea out loud spawns a better one.
As you can see, there are lots of ways around writer's block. You don't have to submit to its depressing power. Next time you find yourself staring at the blinking cursor and wondering how you managed to overlook that bridgeless Chasm of Despair, don't worry. You know how to build a bridge.
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