I just saw a documentary on Ian Rankin, the Scottish crime writer who is wildly popular at the moment. I found it interesting that he just sits down to write — no outline, no character profile, no anything up front. I can’t remember if he said he ever suffers from “Writer’s block” but he did say he occasionally hit a snag and had to wrestle with it for a few days before he could continue.
I believe in a “creative block”, not necessarily limited to writers. I’m sure songwriters, artists, poets, etc. also experience it from time to time.
Rankin is one of my favorite crime writers. I find it interesting that he himself has no idea what his main character, DI John Rebus, looks like.
When Rankin began his first Rebus novel (as a University student, I believe), he intended to kill off Rebus at the end. I bet he and his bank account are glad he didn’t!