Writer's block is something that has been plaguing authors and aspiring authors for many years. Most say that it takes them a long time to get over it while others are over it quickly. For most, writer's block means that they can't get their ideas out on paper. They know where they are going with their story, but they can't figure out how to get there. There are many different things you can do to get over and even prevent writer's block.
Have a specific time set up each day for writing. It could be an hour a day (two hours on weekends!) or fifteen minutes. It can be first thing in the morning or right after dinner. The point is, make a schedule and stick with it. This will not only lead to more output, it will also lead to better writing. You don't have to focus strictly on your story during that time. Change it up. Spend two or three days a week on your story and add some other things in on the other days.
Free writing is a great technique to help keep ideas flowing. Take 10-20 minutes each day to spend free writing. What this means is put you pen or pencil on paper and write for the entire length of time. Don't worry about spelling, grammar or the way it flows, just keep writing. It will help if you write something that is similar to what you are working on since your free writing can become raw material for things later in your story.
Writing exercises are a good way to expand your knowledge of writing and make you a much better writer and there are many different exercises. If you're feeling frustrated with your characters why not open up a new word document or get a new piece of paper and write about them doing things they wouldn't normally do? If you have a tough guy character, write about him dancing in a tutu while singing 'I Feel Pretty.' If you have a group of adventurers in the medieval times, write about them coming to the modern world. If you have a vampire that doesn't drink human blood, write about him/her slaughtering the entire town. If you have a school girl who always does everything she's told, write about her sneaking out of her house and going to a rave. You get the point.
Still not working for you? Why not try writing from prompts? Spend a few minutes and find some writing prompts on the internet and start writing based on the prompt. Remember that you don't have to stick strictly to the prompt, it's always nice to branch out and do things totally different. Think of the prompt as a starting point. Your prompt doesn't even have to be word based. Go to tumblr and find a photo that inspires you and write a short story based on it.
The greatest stories in history are revised and retold over and over again. Choose a classic legend or fairy tale and re-imagine it. Write an outline or draft the whole story!
Switch it up!
Do you normally write with a pen and paper or type on the computer? Well, change it up! If you normally write with a pen and paper why not try typing your story? If you normally type your story then grab a pen and some paper and start writing. Sometimes the simple action of changing your medium can get your brain working. This happens because you're doing it differently. You're trying something your brain isn't used to and it wants to think for you!
Get out of your own head. Grab your notebook or journal and head to a heavily populated area. Park yourself on a bench or in a comfy café booth and do a little people watching. Record your observations and brainstorm ways you can use observation to influence and empower your writing.
There are many different ways of getting over writer's block you just have to find the one that works for you.