Writer's block is intimidating, and many authors dread it. Some let it have control over the writing lives, letting it stifle their inspiration and keep them from writing, while others contend that it is a myth or just a mental obstacle, and force themselves to stay disciplined and push through it. There are problems with both of this. In the first instance, you find writers waylaid by the writer's block and unable to write at all. Too often, these writers give up for a time hoping that when they come back to it later they will magically have the inspiration and drive needed to continue. Unfortunately, this isn't often the reality of the outcome. The writers of the latter mindset, however, power through-- often at the expense of their book. In an effort to keep going they sacrifice quality or occasionally even deviate from the story's heart just so they get those words out.
If you're the first: it's time to take back your power in your writing life.
If you're the second: try viewing the problem from a different angle, one with compassion towards yourself and a willingness to understand what the real issue is and work through things with an open mind.
Whatever side of the fence you fall on, most of us can agree that writer's block is definitely a struggle to face at times, and it can crop up at the most inopportune times--including in the middle of your project when you're supposed to be in the flow. (If you find yourself struggling with a lack of inspiration, check out our master list of ways to get your inspiration back here!). So how do you banish writer's block and overcome those mid-way blues without sabotaging the quality of your content?
First off, do a quick personal check:
Now that you are at the place where you are ready to tackle writer's block head on, it's time to look at our favorite tactics to truly overcome it and keep writing with your best effort.
So there you have it! You're now well-equipped to fight your writer's block and win!
Let me know in the comments what kind of experience you've had with writer's block and what your usual response to it is.