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It happens to all of us at one time or another. We run into a proverbial brick wall and suddenly find ourselves unable to come up with something to write about. Ugh! Creativity is a funny thing. We can't always turn it on and off whenever we want, which can be particularly frustrating for fiction writers who have to juggle writing time between their work and family time, only to end up looking at a blank screen or paper and wondering what to do with it.
Sometimes switching gears and writing about another topic can help. I have friends who typically work on two or three different books at the same time. If they get stuck on one they simply set it aside and work on another one. However, if that doesn't work, or, if you're like me, and only work on one story at a time, then try stepping away from the computer and doing a project that's been on your "honey do" list for too long. Those nagging issues really can effect our creativity. If that doesn't help, then why not take a break and do something you enjoy doing? Bake some cookies. Play a round of golf. Go to a movie, or a ball game. Take a day trip somewhere. Read a book that you haven't had time to read. Call a friend or relative you haven't spoken to in awhile. Taking a time out and doing something different, particularly if it's something you really enjoy but don't get to do too often, gives your mind a chance to focus on other things, giving your creative muse a rest. Don't worry about your story. It'll come back. And when it does, you can pick up where you left off.