The truth…I have no idea.
Personally, I don’t allow myself to believe in it. I believe we can ALWAYS write. It may not be what we want to write about, or it may not be that scene that teases us, you know the one – the next on the list to get completed. But just keep writing and you will get there (quicker than pondering – I promise). When the feeling of being stumped on a scene or character or which way to take the story – WRITE! And write. And write. And keep writing! You’re brainstorming this way. If you don’t have anything to write, write: “I don’t know what to write.” Our brains are non-stop machines that are constantly processing info, so use this to your advantage. You will end up writing exactly what you were looking for, and as soon as it flows out through your pen – you’ll know (and I bet you won’t be able to stop writing after that happens). The reason I don’t call this writer’s block is…there are so many new ideas, scenes and pieces of dialog that come from this free form or writing. Yes, there may be a lot to go through, and some may be nonsense – BUT, keep writing and you will overcome the writing drought you thought you were in and you’ll end up being where you want to be and probably even farther!
If you’ve ever signed up for NANO during November, you’ll know have experienced this feeling perfectly. The personal challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month is, well, overwhelming to begin with, midway through you’re on a writing roll and feeling that anything is possible, and by the end you’re jumping up and down with that awesome feeling of accomplishment!
So, there’s ABSOLUTELY NO reason not to write! Get off that hamster wheel of thinking you’re suffering from writer’s block and WRITE!!!!!
Miranda Hardy is a graduate of Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. She has worked in banking for many years and currently underwrites corporate credit loans. She also writes young adult fantasy and horror novels to keep the voices in her head appeased.