Writers block. That moment when you’re rolling right along, writing your story, and suddenly nothing. Your characters stop talking to you, stop moving. It’s like you’re watching a movie and someone hit the pause button. The problem is, you’ve lost the remote and can’t get it moving again.
So what can we do to get the story going? Well many people suggest skipping to another spot in the story. For some people this can help them figure out what needs to go in the middle. This method is great for a plotter. But for a pantser like me this is simply impossible. I don’t know what is going to happen later in the story so how can I write it?
Instead I usually try to work on something else. I begin another story, or edit a previous one. I try to work with other characters. Often times the block is caused by spending too much time in one world and I need to take a break from it in order to get back on track. Other times a new story has just taken that spot in my brain and needs to get out before I can go back.
Sometimes I take a break from writing altogether. I’ve discovered that, no matter how much I love it, occasionally I just can’t write. So I’ll do some work, read a book, spend time with family and friends. Eventually my head clears enough that I can go back to the story and characters I love.
Everyone who writes, whether for work or for fun or something in between, needs to remember that blocks happen. There is no way to prevent them. The key is to figure out how to find that remote and hit that play button. The last thing you want to do is keep that story paused forever. What method do you use?