LISTEN to your STORY...it's trying to TELL you something!
Writer's Block sucks!
And a few days ago I was suffering from it...BIG TIME.
What is writer's block? A creative block...like I seriously felt like I was pounding my fists against a cinderblock, and if I could just breakthrough it, even if I could just make a little crack...the creativity would seep back into me...
After trying all my normal remedies:
-walking away from it for while
-listening to music
-reading a book
-taking a warm shower
-using my beloved "*" and skipping over that part and returning to it later
...nothing was working.
I realized that I wasn't just having a CREATIVE LULL...
Something in the story wasn't working. I decided to walk away from it...not for a creative break like I had already tried. I walked away from the journey I had originally thought out for my character.
I went back to the characters: the protagonist, the antagonist to find out where the problem was.
I dug deeper into their drives, motivations and conflicts. I asked questions...WHY, HOW, WHAT IF...and kept going until...
I began scribbling everything out on paper, and it is so much better now than it was before.
I am UNBLOCKED!
And I have my characters to thank for it.
Remember...your story needs to matter to your characters. You need to challenge your protagonist. You need to fully understand your antagonist's motive (or the antagonistic force) and how it impacts your antagonist. Every step of that journey needs to reflect that.
When you deviate...it doesn't work. Things don't feel right. Don't ignore those feelings.
LISTEN to your CHARACTERS, they have the answers.