If I get a headache I can take paracetemol
If I have a sore back I can take ipBrufen.
If I can’t put words on paper … what is there I can take?
Therein lies the writer’s dilemma.
I have been staring at the blank sheet on the computer screen for about an hour now. I am in the middle of a re-write. I know what direction I want the story to go. Yet, for the life of me, I cannot find the words.
Is it writer’s block?
Here’s the thing.
Not four hours ago I had all the words in the world. The new scene was all but writing itself, the words flowing, the characters were alive and almost bubbling over with enthusiasm. I could almost feel the mental sparring.
That scene is done.
Now I have to move on from there to the next.
I guess I’m going on a long walk around the neighbourhood, looking but not seeing, thinking but trying not to think, stopping at the café and have a long hot coffee and a cake, perhaps this time a custard tart with whipped cream (OK, I know that can’t be good for me, but it is delicious) and by the time I get back …
Hopefully the words will return.