Today my daughter is at a science experience day and I have the whole day to myself to write. I was sooo looking forward to this! It’s been years since I’ve had the house to myself in the day and had nothing else to do but write. So full of anticipation of what I was going to achieve today, namely get a great chunk of the chapter written that I need to write, I sat down at my computer, fired it up and … nothing! Nada! Not a word is coming out.
I have made my outline, been ruminating on what I’m going to write for days and yet today, the one day I have free to write, nothing is happening. I have sat and typed and deleted and typed and deleted and typed and deleted for over two hours now and this chapter is going nowhere!
Normally, when I hit a block like this I find that by just writing something, anything, I can get the words to flow and complete my work. Today, I feel like I’ve been hitting my head against a brick wall and all I’ve got to show for it is a sore head!
So I need a change of tactic. Others have said that if you can’t work your way out of the block – which today I obviously can’t – then you should stop trying and do something else. So now I’m going to switch off my pc and spend an hour on wii fit instead. I’ll try the writing thing again later when hopefully my brain will be back in writing mode. I’ll let you know how I get on.
But what about you? What do you do when you hit a block? Let me know.