10. You're humming along to the beat of the cursor. Entire songs are being hummed; perhaps even entire operas. No writing, just humming.
9. Your fingers have been frozen over the keyboard for so long they're starting to cramp.
8. In an attempt to jump start your brain, you've asked (out loud is best) "What happens next?" Your brain has replied, "I'll have to get back to you on that one."
7. You glance at your notes for the next scene and realize you already wrote that scene 10 pages ago. Oh...and 50 pages before that, too.
6. That cold cup of coffee sitting on your desk? It was steaming hot when you put it down. Guess what, Sherlock? Time has passed.
5. You are sure, in your heart of hearts, that you will never write again. It's done.
4. You decide to pop about the blogosphere for inspiration. Everyone is chirping on about how they just finished their newest project, or how well their latest book is selling, or how they've got so many ideas they're having to make lists to keep them straight. Reading these posts does not lighten your mood. (see #5)
3. You decide a change of scene will help; a brisk walk in fresh air will revitalize your imagination. You go outside. You slip on your walkway and land in a puddle. Now, not only are you not writing, you're also cold and wet. Score.
2. A warm bath will solve your problems. Warm baths cure all ills. Guess what? Your hot water tank isn't working. And...there are no towels.
1. Your blog post is a list just like this.