I'm half asleep, and after a day of writing my fingers off, I have no idea why I have the compulsion to blog. Maybe because I imagine that I'm kicking back and talking with friends. Or some have pointed out that those of us in professions where we sit and don't talk have a tendency to chatter inanely once they get an audience.
Anyway, some people get writer's block. Some days, I choose not to believe in it. Other days, I growl at it and snarl at it until it goes away. Whatever causes it, I've managed to keep it at bay.
Everybody has to find their own way, but here's how I do it:
1) An object in motion stays in motion: I keep typing, no matter what. If I can't write a page, then I write a paragraph. If I can't write a paragraph, I write sentences. If that doesn't work, then I start writing words that I know I'm going to use, but not in sentence form. There are days when I literally have to shove the writing out, one damn letter by one damn letter.
2) I use fear. I have an unhealthy and irrational fear of going broke. I don't know why, and I don't know where it came from. But I use it to get my fingers typing as fast as I can. Amazing what you can get done when you fear something greater than the thing you're resisting.
3) I skeleton. Sometimes I can see what's happening, but my brain is just not gonna write in sentences, no matter how hard I try. And I can forget about flowing, beautiful sentences. I watch in my head, and take notes. Then I go back, add a detail or two, here or there. I keep going through it, until I (Eureka!) manage a whole sentence here or there. And then I go through again, and start to manage paragraphs! It just keeps ballooning!
4) I never succumb. I type. I embrace the knowledge that I'm typing shit. You know what? The next morning, it's not only EASY to clean up the shit, it's FUN! I can play with what I've written, re-arrange it, and dress it up!
I just can't sit around and wait for inspiration, because it's too fickle for my pocketbook. How do you guys keep writer's block away?