When we run up against blocks, sometimes we struggle to write even a word. I've been like that a lot lately. I've got a story I've been working on - and it's just not going well. I like the story - the characters and setting and even the basic plot line - but the excitement isn't there. It's a straight single-plot with no subplots, no extraneous characters - just bare bones. So now that the basics are done, I've got to go back and do some serious rewriting and hope I can salvage it. I'd really hate to scrap the whole thing - but sometimes we writers have to be ruthless.
If you get seriously blocked, remember that all writing counts. Write a grocery list, a letter to your best friend - or worst enemy, a to-do list. Just let the words come. They may lead to something more.
What do you do with a story that's not working? Or when you're seriously blocked?
Thought for the day: "Practice does not make you perfect, as nobody is perfect. But it will make you better. If you thought you were perfect, you would no longer practice." Adrian Parrish