It’s something we’ve all had to deal with: the dreaded writer’s block. The heavy-headed clonk against the wall of plot, story, and inventiveness. The rut. But the big question is: How do you get out of that ditch, once you’ve fallen into it? How do you get your words to start flowing again? Our Shannon & Elm authors weigh in:
Drink copious amounts of Guinness. Actually I don’t get stuck very often. If I do encounter a dilemma I do what I do when I can’t remember a name or a word. I stop thinking about it, and when it’s ready the answer just materializes out of nowhere.
Load up my Jeep and drive into the woods.
Change the tense of the passage. Maybe shift from first-person to third or vice-versa. Give characters different names. Switch the point of view. You can always change things back later if necessary.
Fortunately, this has rarely happens to me. I sometimes stop writing to research to make sure the setting is correct.
I seldom have that problem, but when I do, writing something preposterous will clear the pipes.
Attack at a different angle. But it rarely happens. When I get stuck it’s more like I don’t know what the hell I’m doing rather than constipation.