James Norman Hall
Every now and then, I stumble across some published author's quotes about how there is no such thing as writer's block, because real writers sit for hours and write.
I don't agree.
I see myself as a real writer. It's a little hard to miss, when writing takes up such a significant portion of my thoughts. Not to mention my time.
But I get some nasty writer's blocks.
In fact I think my current record is three months of wanting to write but failing to, because the words wouldn't come.
At one time, this really bothered me, because I'm supposed to be a writer.
Until one day I realized that there's a very good reason for my blocks: there's something wrong with the story that my mind registered, but that I didn't pick up. Yes, I know that sounds really weird, but I've seen it time and again.
So what's the best way to combat a block? Some people say that you have to write through it. I'm not saying they're wrong.
But, if you've tried writing through it and only find yourself mired deeper in your block, leave the story alone. Try writing something else. If you find you can't write anything, take a break from it. Do something else.
I prefer to do something creative, but that does not take as much thought. For me that's usually drawing something related to the story with which I'm struggling. If that doesn't work, I try my best to avoid poking at the problem, so that my muse can sort out the problem in peace.
But remember not to be discouraged. Because giving up on it all together lets your mind work on something else rather than on the story.
So yes, while annoying, blocks might just be part of your writing process. In such a case, loafing really can be the most productive thing that you can do.
What about you? Do you find that you have to take a break or else you get stuck?