I saw a quote the other day that I thought was worth passing along.
“Writer’s block is a condition that happens when your imaginary friends stop talking to you.”
Talk about a sad, lonely experience! What would you have to do to your imaginary friends for them to abandon you?
Seriously though, the Muse can be a “fickle bitch”. One minute he can be hammering at your brain keeping you awake until you get up and scribble a few lines to pacify him. The next minute she gives you the cold shoulder, slams the door, and leaves you with a sink full of dirty dishes, a lawn that needs mowing, a stack of bills to pay, and no story ideas.
At times when my current imaginary friends abandon me, I have a trick to get them back.
Wait for it.
Here is comes.
I create new imaginary friends. :-) That’s the great thing about imaginary friends, you can create as many as you want. Sometimes they get me thinking about another project. I have to be careful with this as it can lead me away from my current project so far that I never do finish it.
Other times I consider adding an additional character. The character usually gets scrapped later but it keeps the creative juices flowing. Once in a while the new character gets to stay as it fills a before overlooked need in my story. Whichever method I use, before too long, my imaginary friends get jealous and come back to me. We start working together and the story takes off.
Before you call the men in white coats to come and take me away, listen to the voices in your own head. They are probably telling you to sit down and write something. Listen to them. You’ll be better off if you do.