When the flow of words dries up like a desert, and the oasis behaves like an uncooperative two-year old, I find it’s time to re-connect with my biggest blessing, my family. Writer’s block, for me, occurs when I feel disconnected to my family. To alleviate the blockage I make sure to check in with my biggest blessing, my husband, and then #1, #2, and #3, the dog, and even the fish. Once I’ve greeted everyone home from school, made everyone’s favorite after school snack, lovingly barked out orders for chores, greeted husband home from work, made our family favorite of London broil with my special marinade handed-down from my mother, my characters begin to talk to me again.
Knowing what blocks you in the first place is the first step for prevention. Once you know your triggers, you can be proactive with your writing.
I would love to know what you do to burrow through your writer’s block. Leave a comment below. I’m going to a barbeque with my family.