Today I’m going to talk about writer’s block. For me it’s like the honesty of a friend telling you something you don’t want to hear. You can always depend on your friends to tell you when you screwed up. Right? Writer’s block is like that for me. I know some of you are probably thinking, “Huh?” Others are thinking I must be a glutton for punishment.
Any writer can tell you that writer’s block is not fun. Actually it’s about as far from fun as it gets. But for me writer’s block doesn’t mean I’ve run out of ideas, it means I’ve run down the wrong road. Writer’s block is my muse’s way of telling me, “The bridge is out! Go back, stupid!”
Forced plotting and putting words into your characters mouths is (at least for me) the surest way to contract a nasty case of writer’s block. Listen to your characters. If what’s coming out of their mouths sounds forced or out of character — watch out, you’re about to step into a whole mess of trouble.
Bugs Bunny knew what he was talking about when he said, “I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque.”
When I get writer’s block, that means I didn’t take that left turn. It means I didn’t see the signs; or if I did, I ignored them. It means I didn’t listen to my characters. But most of all (and worst of all) it means my muse isn’t going to let me go one word further until I find out where and how I took that wrong turn (aka screwed up), and go back and fix it.
So sit back, be quiet, and listen to your characters. Most times they know the story better than you do.