Writer's Block - a condition in which a writer loses the ability to write new work.
Causes of Writer's Block:
· Creative problems within the work.
· Lack of inspiration
· The project is too big for the writer.
· Physical illness
· Stress (of any kind)
· Pressure to write or create a best-seller.
· Feeling of failure
All of these things can make it difficult for someone to write. Personally, I have dealt with a few of them. When I was seventeen and stopped writing completely, I had thought it was because my muse had run away. In reality, I was having creative problems within my series. I had matured greatly during the process of writing the original series and because of that I felt disconnected from all of my previous work. So, I developed a battle plan to fight the writer's block that threatened to end my writing for good.
Another form of writer’s block that I experienced was due to physical illness after I had spine surgery. For several months my writing was paralyzed while I recovered. To this day, whenever I have an illness, even if it is just a simple cold, I can’t produce any writing until I am feeling better.
The two most common causes of writer’s block that I experience are due to distraction/procrastination and stress. If something stressful occurs in my life, such as an explosive fight, then I am plagued with writer's block for the rest of the day.
I've procrastinated about writing more than I like to admit. When I realize that's what I am doing, I force myself to write and the end result is often a gigantic writer's block that lasts anywhere from a day to weeks.
Even if I am on a roll and in the midst of an action-packed scene, I’ll get up and walk away from the computer, as if I’m searching for a distraction. I yell at myself every time I do this.
I will say this about writer's block though:
If you have a detailed plan of what you need to write in your book and if you can write something else, anything else (such as a song, poem, article, short story, or even a list of things you love) then are you really blocked?
See: Don't Give Up!
#1: What forms of writer's block have plagued you?
#2: How do you cope with writer's block?