Quick One Day Solutions:
- Take a walk or a drive for a change of scenery
- Listen to music while you walk -- Or listen to Life, actively noticing sounds
- Work on something else for a few hours
- Exercise to get the creative engine moving
- Give yourself permission to let it go--just for one day
- Eliminate distractions-- emails, social media, phone
- Skip ahead to another scene. You can always come back to the area giving your problems. Maybe working further into the story will show you new ideas.
Bigger Picture Solutions:
- Don't be a "seat of your pants" writer, expecting your over-crowded mind to always hold onto every part of your story, having instant access to it everyday: Make notes about ideas, scenes, conversations, characters, drama, emotions to spark the chain of thought
- Work on another project for one week--letting your mind "miss" the story, give your heart time to long for your characters. Absence can be a powerful motivator.
- Join a writing group. Having people in your corner is a huge help.
Just remember, it will pass. Don't let yourself drown in frustration or broadcast your misery on Facebook. Blasting out about your road block wins sympathy, but doesn't kick-start the flow of inspiration. Be kind to yourself. You are an author. The words will flow again.