All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...It’s crazy to think “The Shining” came out nearly 40 years ago. Without spoiling the movie, I’ll say writer’s block is a nightmare. It’s as if you’re stuck on that one sentence, and it won’t go anywhere. Although writer’s block is inevitable, you can control how you deal with it.
To combat writer’s block, the first recommendation I would make is to take a break. Sometimes, I think our ideas get jumbled together, and it can be difficult to get the words out. I say take a breather, sleep on it, and try again another day. Also, if you don’t have a deadline, then there’s no rush either.
The second recommendation I would make is seeking inspiration elsewhere. Gillie Haynes, who was the guest speaker at the quarterly conference I attended for Life Journeys Writer’s Guild last fall, discussed the benefits of taking a step back and how she discovered additional hobbies that made her a profit. For example, she’s a teacher and author, but when she had trouble writing, she started cooking. She realized that her cooking could be a side business and now she does that, too.
Writer’s block isn’t the end of the world. I go through it, but it eventually passes. You just have to fill the time.
If you want to learn more about Gillie Haynes check out her website and book here.
Also, I've attached a handy dandy chart to shake off writer's block from Jane Friedman's Tumblr.