Does this happen to anyone else? Anybody?
I don't believe in writer's block. Ask any journalist and you'll learn that the story must get written. Whether they work for a daily, a weekly, or a monthly, there is no time to struggle with writers block. Deadlines must be met.
Fiction, however, can be a little more tricky. I do have some suggestions for those who are stumped.
- Take a break from writing. Sometimes a new perspective will help you figure out what needs to happen next. (Hey, this is when I get my Farmville fix!)
- Do some research. Since my novels mention real spots, I've been known to visit so that I can get a renewed "feel" for the location.
- Write a different scene. Stuck at an intersection and can't decide which way to turn? Write whatever happens next and come back to it later.
- Read something. This is very similar to the "take a break" suggestion. I firmly believe no one can be a good writer without being a veracious reader. So even though you're taking break from the writing, by reading a book, you're helping yourself become a better writer. (Might I recommend Ghost Mountain?)
- Draw a card. When all else fails, I've been known to ask my characters what they want to do next. Usually this involves drawing a tarot card and seeing what that tells me. It's not a suggestion that will work for everyone, but I've had success with it.
I'm sure there are a ton of other suggestions. For the authors out there, what works for you?