This is the response I made to a blog question "How do you deal with writer's block".
I thought you might enjoy.
1. Go to the library with a notepad or laptop and pick up a couple of
magazines at random. Just look for articles that raise your 'say what?' balloon
a little and take a few notes about the articles. Doesn't matter if the notes
are relevant to your story, it's 'stuff' that focuses your mind on something
interesting for a few minutes.
2. Pick up the Bible or Koran or Torah or Declaration of Independence or 'The
Five Rings'; SOMETHING that is known to you. Flip some pages to an area you are
not familiar with and REALLY read a 'section' until you understand it. Again,
doesn't matter what it is just get your mind to focus on something outside your
3. Walk. From memory go over your story problem area. Talk like the
characters, including voice inflections, accents, etc. Be the characters for a
few minutes. You'll be surprised how 'they' will suddenly start talking
4. Relax. It happens. You are not a preprogrammed machine. You're a
semi-solid mass of cells that sometimes needs a break.
5. This works best for me sometimes: intentionally take your story someplace
'stupid' for a couple of pages. The stupider the better. Make 'em jump through
insane hoops and circumstances; face ridiculous foes and obstacles; be abducted
by 'Narcisitic Ninja Ninnies from Neptune' (wait that's pretty good, I claim that
one for a book I'm writing ;-). Point is go someplace dumb to shake up your
thoughts. Try it once, I think you'll like it.
Be cool, mates!