Dictionary.com defines writer's block as "a usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work." No matter how long you've been a writer, this is something you'll experience from time to time. Here are some strategies for overcoming and dealing with writer's block:
1. If you are in the middle of the work and find yourself stuck, open up a new, blank document and begin again, from anywhere. Or if you're feeling brave, select a good chunk (a whole paragraph for instance) that is not working and delete it entirely, and start anew.
2. Try another form of art aside from writing - draw or paint on a canvas, karaoke to your favorite song, design your own drum set and begin playing (or pull out that old guitar you keep in the closet and hit a note). Have no regard for doing it "right."
3. Call up a friend and ask how their day is going. Schedule your next community volunteer activity. Getting your mind off of yourself and concerned about someone else often helps to unblock the creative flow.
4. Stop writing, pause, look around, and write about what you see right in front of you. For example: "This fabric table cloth is white with yellow and gray leaves on thin branches. There are four chairs around this table. The fan above my head is blowing softly, making my curly strands sway lightly." This brings you into the present moment and away from the thought of being blocked. The idea is to bring you back into the flow of writing and keep your hands moving.
5. Step away from the work and do something to take care of yourself physically - take a nap, eat a meal, relax in a bubble bath, or go exercise. Stimulating the physical senses often activates your creativity.
If you have any other great ideas for how to overcome writer's block, please share in the comments.