What do you do when nothing works?

There are plenty of writers who fill their blog with “how-to” and/or “what makes a character viable” posts. Majority of the time, these posts are very detailed and give great insight into the mind of the writer.

As a writer, I wonder if their process is the same way as my own. I wonder if they somehow become stuck in their novel, do they exhibit the same actions as myself.

I haven’t made it to the top, where I want to be with my writing . . . yet.  However, I believe that all writers go through the same tribulations. As for myself, when I find myself bored or stuck in a novel I’m writing, I like to take a few days off. I either play video games, watch movies, and sometimes I’ll do some research for my next novel.

What I really want to know is what do writers do when nothing works? What happens when taking a few days off and coming back to your project doesn’t work? What does a writer do then? Do you continue to take time off? What if you can’t take time off and you have a strict schedule to maintain? Your publisher and possibly your agent . . . do they care?

Sure, I can tell you what I’d do. I’d probably take more time off. I might force myself to write (when that happens my writing is atrocious which makes me take off more time.) Depending on how I feel, I might even abandon the novel altogether, regardless of how much I’ve written.

Just curious.

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