Even those writers who swear they never have any kind of writer's block (and don't you just hate them?) have probably had some days when writing was easier than others. They just gave those hard days another name.
Whether you want to attribute the more difficult days to writing block, a runaway muse, not feeling well, or even dealing with the agony of an assignment you hate, there are a few quick fixes for powering through this tough time and getting back on track. Here are some of my favorite methods.
1. Skip the part that's giving you trouble. If you have no idea how your characters are going to stumble across a fresh body in Chapter 1, don't worry about that and head on to Chapter 2 where they're being interviewed by the police.
2. Play Sudoku or work a jigsaw puzzle. Or if you like, you can play a computer game. The idea is to engage another part of your mind which may have some ideas to contribute to your writing.
3. Vacuum. Repetitive motion. Soothing sound. House looks good when you're finished. Yea.
4. Wash dishes. Again, a simple, ritualistic task that takes you mind off your story and actually improves your living space.
5. Take a walk. Many people think best on their feet.
6. Pay bills. Sometimes a low account balance can scare you into getting back to work.