|If only it was this simple...|
I know there's a lot of people who just assume that we can crank out words on demand. "What's the big deal? You have to get this manuscript done by the end of June, so you do it, right?" Um, yes, but it's a bit more complicated than that. Writer's block can come on for a number of reasons, and it's like someone has sucked the creativity right out of you. Your characters can clam up, stress can take over your life, you reach some kind of plot roadblock, etc.
But there are ways around it. There was a pretty good workshop on writer's block at the RWA conference last year, and while I don't have my notes handy, I do remember that one thing they suggested was to do something else for a while. Something completely not related to writing or your story. That does help a lot for me. Another tip was to do something related to your story, but in a different medium...perhaps you can draw a sketch of a scene or character, or make a collage of things that happen in your story or character traits one of your protagonists have. Brainstorming, too. Just come up with random ways one of your characters could react to something, or how they'd solve a problem. Any one of these methods could help your creative juices begin to flow again.
What do you do to combat writer's block?