Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers.
I, personally, have never experienced this terrifying disability. If I ever do, there are a few things that will usually kick it.
1) Change settings. Move to another room. Switch from the couch to the loveseat. If you have to, leave the house and head to the park or a café.
2) Change music. If you enjoy listening to music while writing, try switching to a different genre. Maybe Bach isn’t cutting it and you need some vocals. “Libera” and “Enya” are my two favorite Pandora stations to listen to while writing.
3) Change projects. Sometimes you just need a break from the paper/screen you’ve been staring at for the past 5 hours. Work on a different project! Switch to something short term, something you could finish easily. That will boost your ego and give you some momentum. These daily blogging challenges do exactly that for me.
4) Change pace. Take a step back. Grab a sandwich and some coffee, watch an episode of your favorite show or clean the bathroom. Its kind of like when you can’t think of something and as soon as you take your mind off of it *BOOM* there it is!
5) Change attitudes. When it comes to writing, nothing is permanent until it has been published online or in print, and even then it can be subject to change. Try writing with a different mental “filter”. Channel a different time in your life. Put yourself in another mental state, say after you found out something traumatic happened or the moment your boyfriend proposed.
Those are just some simple ideas that might help. Fortunately, I have never truly gotten stuck. Of course, my relationship with writing is still very young, so the honeymoon phase hasn’t quite ended yet. Hopefully I can keep this going indefinitely!