For those of you who experience this on occasion, how do you get past it?
I tend to take a very passive stance when writers block hits. I quit writing until it passes. X-D
What I dislike about it so much is that the arrival is unpredictable and inconsistent. There's no way to prepare for it coming and it always, inevitably, pops up when I've been in the clutch of sudden inspiration. For example, I'm bobbling around with two poems that are now just staring back at me with blank expressions and a play that is begging to be finished, all while my most effective response is one of helpless impotence. Believe it or not, it's the only reaction/method that works for me. ( Writer, know thyself )
BTW, I'm not talking about losing interest in a work. Quite the opposite. I suppose that's what makes 'writers block' so annoying.
happens to me, with painting. and it is very unpredictable.
there are times i can do things to work through it. other times, i think it is part of a mood swing or loss of energy that i can't really control. it doesn't help any to beat myself up over it. sometimes i keep working, but so slowed down i feel like i'm the most incapable stupid person on earth. and start wondering why i even try. because when i feel slowed, i forget that there were times i had ideas...i forget all the ideas.
sometimes i can get out of those by doing things you do to fight off depression....excersise, walks, take care of myself a little better, call a friend and laugh about something, but it takes time and it's not really under my control
there are other times though where it's not really that i'm down, it's more like i'm restless or indecisive. it feels different. and at those times, i think it's more because i've been making art for awhile without taking much other stuff in....i need to look at painting books or read something or watch a good film, or all of those times 10, or learn something new, go somewhere new, etc.
"HELLO I'M TACTILE !" is an anagram of my name