My husband sent me this picture and said he thought it reminded him of me. No, I don't have whiskers and fur (in fact, I'm allergic to cats) but I do struggle with that blank page and first drafts. The only way I can deal with it and get through it is to start writing—anything, no matter how bad it is—and not edit as I go.
I've been stuck on a revision of one of my novels now for a couple weeks. I keep overcoming one obstacle just to run into another. Part of the problem is that I wrote this novel without really planning it out or doing much outlining. So I've had to go back and do some plotting after the fact and keep making changes in the plot whenever I find part of it's not working anymore.
In November I plan to write the first draft of a new novel for NanoWrimo, but I will do some plotting beforehand. I think my first draft will be much easier that way and it will need less revisions and not have to make so many major changes.
Ways I deal with writer's cramp:
Take a walk
Take a walk
Do laundry or dishes
Go back and revise my outline
Listen to music related to my story
Look at pictures of places or people that resemble those in my book
Do some research on whatever I'm stuck on
Play my guitar
What are some ways you deal with writer's cramp? I'd love it if you'd share your ideas in the comments!