Someone asked me the other day about writer's block. Perhaps it's something I used to struggle with but not anymore. I've learned not to stress if I reach a point in the story and I'm unsure how to proceed.
I've found if I relax, get away from the computer for a bit, my brain works through the solution. Even if it doesn't immediately, I can skip ahead to another scene, although I seldom do that now.
I've mentioned before how I've worked out the best writing plan for me. I write 20,000 words at a time--the beginning, the middle, and the end. I do not do a detailed outline but do know how I want each section to end and work toward that goal. I jot down scenes, as many as I can think of, before I begin writing. Until I get the beginning close to being coherent, I don't move on to the next part.
This first draft is only for getting down the story. Later I go back to add more description or other details. I also keep a notebook for each book I write and gather quotes, ideas, characters, names, etc. as I go along.
It's always been amazing how many ideas jump out at me from movies, books, articles, or even everyday life when I write. I often wonder if it's because I'm looking for them or being led to them. Either way works.
And I have to mention music. Music is a big part of summoning the writing muse.
So, writer's block? What's that? :)