"Right onto the next chapter", you mutter to yourself.
But as your fingers begins to touch the keyboard or the tip of your pen touches the paper your mind goes blank.
"This can't be happening right now, what's going on?" You wonder.
The symptom is called writer's block there are times when your creative juices just pours into your imagination that you just can't stop writing, and yes there are times when the pouring comes to a halt! Which I know can be annoying but it does happen even to bestselling authors.
When interviewing romance author Joan Wolf I asked her if she ever got writer's block she answered:-
"I've never been blocked to the point where I can't sit down and write, but I have certainly come upon points in my books where things weren't going smoothly and I felt as if I was trying to swim through a molasses. I have found in the past that changing points of view sometimes gets me going again. Sometimes you just have to write through it."
Joan is right sometimes you just have to write through it. So if you find yourself having a writer's block moment here are some tips on what you can do to unblock your imagination.
Go for a walk get some fresh air! We can take for granted the things we see around us just because they are familiar to us. It could be a building, a park with children playing and ducks swimming in the pond. But out of these could be inspirations for your next chapter so don't take it for granted as there could be a story out of the things you see around you.
Go back to the drawing board, what is the message of your book what do you want people to learn from it. Going back to basics could be an instrument to get your imagination active again. If your writing fiction is there anything you could add or take away? It could be a character or the plot of the story or maybe a scenario doesn't go well with a character.
Finally as mentioned before you just have to sometimes write your way through, write the first sentence that comes to your thoughts and just work your way from there.
Writer's block is just temporary so don't get disheartened if you experience it just keep on writing.
Marie Grossett aka Vanessa Grossett is a published Author, and has interviewed best selling and award winning Christian Authors.