One of the many and varied discussions I have with my writer friends both in real life and through the blogosphere usually revolves around Writer's Block. Now, we've all suffered through this malady -- you've got this great idea going, going, going, and then the well of ideas dries up and you're left staring at the blinking cursor like a monkey doing an algebra problem.
We've all experienced the dreaded Writer's Block (it's happened to me several times during the course of writing both my MSs), but what exactly is the cause of this malady?
I submit to you, dear Secret Archives readers, than the cause of "Writer's Block" is nothing more or less than issues with the plot. These issues can include lack of certainty about the story arc, lack of knowledge about your character, perceived lack of research knowledge, and even lack of knowing where the story is going to go next.
Once you've figured out the plot and all conflicts related to telling the story, then Writer's Block falls away. Case in point: the rewrite I did last year of SON OF MAGIC, my epic fantasy, took approximately three months. Why? Because I knew the story and the characters backwards and forwards. Conversely, the first draft of CALLARION AT NIGHT took eight months to write because I did not know the characters or the plot nearly as well -- information I'm figuring out right now via some scene development documentation.
Once I get a handle on the characters, story, and other facets of CALLARION AT NIGHT, I'm confident the next draft is going to go much, much more smoothly. But I'm interested in your opinions, dear readers. What do you do to conquer Writer's Block? Read a book? Watch TV? Plug away at the tale until your eyes glaze over?
Let me know in the comments!