Although a few prolific authors claim writer’s block doesn’t exist, this mere mortal knows differently. Sometimes, no matter how long I follow the BIC rule (Butt In Chair), the words won’t leave my clogged brain. Fess up, fellow writers—you know of what I speak.

Fortunately, I’ve learned a thing or two about how my squirrely mind works. When I’m blocked, it’s almost always because I know something’s not working, and my subconscious keeps me from plodding onward. That’s when I take a step back, reread my work, and try to identify the problem. Plot hole? Stilted dialogue? Flat voice? Once I nail it, the dam bursts and my words flow again.

What about you, esteemed followers? What’s your greatest challenge as a writer, and how do you vanquish your foe?