I can't stand the term writer's block.
It sucks in a way that makes me want to jam my head through sheetrock. To me this term speaks of an individual gifted with a talent to tell stories, to weave lives out of mid-air, to take an everyday situation and turn it into a spectacle of conflict, and who suddenly can't write a single coherent word.
"Oh, I've had the worst writer's block, I couldn't write a thing yesterday so I just watched a movie."
"I hear you, Barty, I had a nasty case of it last year that I just couldn't wash off."
If you're a writer you've come to a halt in a story in some way, shape, or form. You've run up against a wall, busted your nose open and stepped back wondering how the hell it got there without you knowing it. You stop and look around, there's walls everywhere you turn. You begin to panic, knowing exactly where you want to go but have no idea how to get there. *Hyperventilates, falls on the ground clutching throat*. You whisper through spit and blood, "writer's block."
Psst. Turn around.
You're not in a locked room, you're in a labyrinth and guess what?
You created it.
Because that's what a story is, a giant maze with characters and plot lines and conflict all racing to find the center, or the way out, depending on where you start your story. You got here somehow. It's time to backtrack my friends and see where you took a wrong turn, because that's all "writer's block" is, a wrong turn somewhere behind you. A wall didn't magically grow in your writing, you put it there many words ago and now it's thicker than a White House safe room bulkhead. Turn around and follow your tracks in the mud, Danny Torrance that shit until you find where you went wrong. And do it however you need to, I know I made fun of just up and watching a movie, but if that helps, go ahead. Go for a walk, lay on your back and stare at the ceiling fan, take a shower, whatever, but sort it out by retracing your steps.
And backtracking is not being blocked. There's a difference, at least in my mind. Blocked says game over, it says you shouldn't have started this project in the first place. Blocked is a fatal term that I won't put in my vocabulary.
There's always a way out.
So don't be afraid to pause and ponder where you went wrong. Every writer does it and has to tie up loose ends or re-write an entire chapter to find their way. Happens all the time. So don't panic if you come to a dead end and have to turn around.
You're still moving forward even if it feels like going back.