"When you're stuck, those aren't the worst parts, those are the best parts - they're your chance to be creative.Being stuck on a section of a story - dialogue, description, setting, plot - is not fun. It's frustrating and often discouraging. For me, it breaks the flow. It feels like all the good stuff is pouring away, draining from my brain while I sit, unable to move ahead.
When you want to skip something because it's too confusing to explain, that's your chance to slow down and behold the truth that real life is complicated, real people are complicated. Skip for the sake of convenience and readers will sniff a fake."
This is my feel-better-and-re-focus quote. It helps the heaviness of disappointment feel lighter, more necessary and beneficial. I read it a few times, and then I go back and focus - really focus - on what is causing me to pause. WHY am I stuck? Then I slow down, embrace the "complication", and dig for my creativity (usually by calling for the kids!).
How do you tackle the frustration of feeling "stuck"?