Have you ever opened the refrigerator door only to find yourself drawing a blank? You stand there and study its contents without the faintest idea what you were looking for? It usually only takes a moment to remember though. It might be that you simply glanced back at your kitchen table or to the counter next to the fridge where you suddenly see your coffee mug sitting there. It's just waiting for you to add that delicious hazelnut cream you love so much. You chuckle inside as you pour the cream.
And sometimes there is no explanation at all for the things which suddenly steal our train of thought. Still, I think it's safe to say that this is something that happens to all of us at one time or another. But when it comes to writer's block, that is something that can last for more than just a fleeting moment and it can leave a writer feeling very frustrated.
If you're anything like me, you might find yourself searching through your beloved sticky notes, reading over the words you scribbled down on paper last week or even yesterday. Maybe you find yourself reading your story over and over in a desperate attempt to find the one clue that will leap from the pages like a beacon in the dark putting you back into the writer's seat once again.
But in those times when I just can't find the words, my first instinct is to try a change of venue. Write in a different place. I tuck my lap-top in my book bag and drive to the library where I find a quiet corner and hope the distractions of life's daily events at home have been the true culprit behind my writer's block.
If this change fails to produce even a morsel of fruit, then I know I need to let the story sit idle for a while. Take a much needed rest.
But I must confess, that when that time comes I wince from the agony of leaving it alone. I wonder when my story will go on to reach its highest peak; the point where it seems it could almost touch the sky. I look it over one last time hoping I can breathe just a few more words so I can dance with joy when I conquer the silence.