Will Weaver If you have writer's block, the fault could well lie in your subject matter. What you're writing about is not compelling enough--on a personal level--to keep you engaged and writing. If your novel-in-progress is about characters and issues that are far removed from your life, that disconnect can become WB. A fix for this is to "personalize" the story. That is, make it closer to your lived experience. Let's say in your novel you have an aging detective; give him some of the true life characteristics (pain, struggle, humor) of your uncle, father, or grandfather--someone you know inside and out. This will make the character more real to you, and help you keep moving forward with your writing.