^ Jack London, my friend. And he was right, inspiration isn’t something that can be measured; it’s an emotive connection you share with something that motivates you– and Lord knows we can’t control our emotions (well, perhaps we can to an extent but it’s probably not healthy).
As for Writer’s Block; I’m not honestly sure it exists. I think it’s a concept that we’ve created to summarise a general lack of enthusiasm or a detachment from the emotion of an idea. I write for TV and film, which is an incredibly difficult medium to retain the emotion in the writing as it is very structured and very limited (e.g. budget limitations, censoring, logical limitations, etc.) and sometimes I can become very apathetic with an idea because I’m focusing so much on getting the technique right, I lose the emotive connection and impetus. In those situations, my writing doesn’t necessarily become worse, it just feels like it does because I’m not emotionally invested.
I think if you lack an idea or are wondering which direction to go in, the one question you’re always going back to: What do I want my audience to feel here? Because it’s for them we’re writing right? At least for me it is; and so long as I don’t lose sight of the emotive reaction I want my audience to have to a scene or even the entire story, I can relate it back to plotting out a journey that will give them the biggest catharsis along the way.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think people believe this thing Writer’s Block exists, whereas I believe it’s a myth and, in fact, believing you’ve got Writer’s Block at any given time is in fact what is blocking you. It’s like a self-induced placebo. If you understand feeling and you understand emotion and you understand the structure of telling any story, I think anyone can overcome Writer’s Block if they inspire anything other than apathy in their daily lives.
Mediation, exercise and the courage and drive of our role models are excellent tonics to achieve just this I find! Now, I apologise for rambling here, I’ll get off my soap box! Happy writing!