Nearly every novelist experiences it as some point while writing a book. Writer’s Block creeps into the creative parts of your brain, shoves in the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner, and sucks out every drop of your creative juices. Often it comes at the gap between the excitement of a new story and the build-up for the climax. All the ideas you thought would be sufficient to fill a novel have left you 20,000 words short, or you discover plot holes that need to be filled in or the story took a turn you didn’t expect and isn’t leading to the ending you planned.
There are as many ways to deal with writer’s block as there are reasons it crops up, but at the bottom of each you will find the same answer: you must push through it. Whether the answer is prayer, taking a break, doing some relaxation exercises, doing something else creative, taking a nap, creating a more detailed outline–whatever works best for you–it still requires returning to the story, picking up the pen (opening the computer file), and starting to write again.
Sometimes knowing what needs to be done is sufficient. Other times, a brain break of some sort is enough to start up the creative juices again. But there are a significant number of times that the obvious fixes don’t seem to work, almost as if your brain doesn’t want to cooperate. It’s like the mind needs time to recuperate from whatever event diverted its attention enough to allow the writer’s block to slip in and siphon off the creative juices. So when you try to force it back to work, it balks.
Most likely, stress plays a part in creating writer’s block. And something that’s good at relieving stress is laughter. Since there are many funny sayings and cartoons about writer’s block, we’ve created a Pinterest board for them. Whether you’re experiencing writer’s block or not, your funny bone will be tickled by these humorous posts. The saying is that laughter is the best medicine, so maybe a quick trip to the link below will cure whatever writing ills you might be experiencing.