I saw a Snap of a guy I follow this morning. There was a picture of a computer screen and then some words that said something like, "Writer's block really has me stuck".
I've been there before. Staring at a computer screen. Taking a look at Facebook. Taking a look at Twitter. Holding my head in my hands, letting time roll by and not getting anything done. The ideas are there, but I just can't find a place to start.
Here's one thing I do when I get stuck. Instead of trying to compose right on my computer, I'll take a sheet of blank paper. If you look at the picture of my desk, you can see it front and center. I get a pen or a pencil and I just start writing, stream of consciousness. I try not to let my mind get in front of my hand. I don't judge what I put down. I try to get it all out.
The goal isn't to write something that's going to win the Pulitzer Prize. The goal is to move the ball forward. I've found that by doing this, I can get into a flow state and can easily fill up a page. Once I'm done, I have something very rough that I can begin working with.
I had to do it tonight. I've been hacking away at Chapter 45 of the new book for about a week. I have a lot of information to get across to the reader, but what I was doing just wasn't working for me. It was too much exposition and not enough story. What I wrote was going to be a real snoozer for the reader. So, I got out the paper and reworked it.
Creation is a real bitch goddess sometimes. She'll give you what you want, but she'll make you dance for it first.