Those two words rip into a writer's soul like a fire-edged sword. If you're the writer of horror - it is the moment when the creature suddenly turns to run away. If you're a writer of romance - it is the moment when the hero turns to the love interest and stares blankly.
Each genre has that moment when the writer draws a blank.
I have faced the beast this week in many aspects. The worst, with a looming deadline, was this writing tip. I had no idea of what to write.
So how does one approach this beast and win the battle?
Strangely, the answer is WRITE!
Over the years I discovered the truth of writer's block. It is no more than your tale, article, poem, whatever you're writing, suddenly not going in the direction it should. Your mind is now telling you to step back, analyze then gird yourself for a new attack. You will be richly rewarded in doing this. Sometimes the time necessary to step back can be 5 minutes or it can be 5 hours. It might even be 5 days or 5 weeks. I know one novel I was struggling with took almost 5 years to find the correct path so the story could be told. Talk about writer's block!
Earlier I mentioned poem - you probably frowned and let it pass. But, truth be told, even poets get stumped. It may be a phrasing of the words to convey the thought. It could be just finding the right word. In poetry, as in prose, there is a difference between "a tree" and "the tree." Stop and think that one over.
Imagine the chagrin of a poet when he writes "skies of red and orange" and now has to find a rhyming word for orange. To my knowledge, there isn't a match, although there are some words that might be considered--but that's another article.
Writer's block can hit at any moment and usually when you really don't have the time to address it. Hmm? Is there ever a good time for a bad situation? Again, another article.
So, for me, to find a writing tip of use became tantamount. Finally in desperation I asked my wife. I explained I had writer's block and had no idea of what to write. For some reason, my rule didn't fly with the situation this time - I hadn't even started an article, so I knew I couldn't be barking up the wrong tree. She suggested I write about writer's block.
So, the final explanation of how to win the battle with writer's block is answered: Ask your spouse.
I realize this tip seems rather tongue-in-cheek, but if you read it carefully, you'll see there is a mote of knowledge hidden within. If you missed it -- WRITE.
I sat down to write. In less than 20 minutes this tip came into existence. Again, the answer was there all the time -- WRITE!
So when you, the writer, are faced with the ugly beast known as Writer's Block, step back, analyze (or ask your spouse) and then attack.