I came to my WIP tonight completely drained of creative energy, my well of ideas and image all dried up. As I opened up my story document, I wondered what in the world I was going to write besides [insert something clever here] and “blah, blah, blah”. After a few blank moments, I started typing and behold! there were words. Some of them were blah and I have one or two [insert secondary character’s name here] placeholders, but there were a few pretty turns of phrase and some fun images as well. And I gleaned yet another piece of information that just might make this story work.
Sometimes, you just need to show up at the pages of your work. No fancy mental tricks, aside from having just showered away the day’s stresses; no mind mapping or meditations or stream-of-conscious journaling to break through the block.
Just show up. And write.