Most writers experience writer’s block at some time or another. You know what you want to happen in your story, and you know the route you’d like to take, but sometimes the journey can be fraught with wrong turns, speed bumps, and pot holes. Other times, you just reach a dead end.
While you may think the best thing to do is to force a way through, that’s rarely the best, or even useful approach. You should step back, relax, and turn your attention elsewhere. While it may come across as unsound advice, the truth is you do more harm than good when you keep at it without a clear plan. Feelings of frustration, inadequacy, and doubt will not heed positive results.
Take your mind off your story, but keep writing. This will help fuel those creative juices and get you back on the “write” path. Go for a drive in an unfamiliar place and imagine how you’d explain your surroundings. People watch, strike up conversations with people standing in line with you at the store — paying attention to their physical characteristics, their accents and manners of speech, and the way they carry themselves. Do they move their hands while speaking? Do they make eye contact or use a lot of slang? Who knows, you may improve upon a character you’ve already created, or perhaps create a new character.
Pay close attention to how other people interact with each other. A game you can play is to imagine their conversation based on their facial expressions and body language. You may get a new idea for a premise or conflict.
The point is to get your creative juices flowing again so you can finish/revamp your story. Don’t put all your focus on the story when you’ve clearly drawn a blank. It’s best to set it aside until you’ve replenished your arsenal of creative thoughts. Remember: A watched pot never boils.