But that's totally unfair. Of course it's not better. I've been working on Air Pirates for 4 years. It's been through dozens of beta readers and two or three major revisions. Post-Apoc Ninjas has only been through one very rushed draft.
But that didn't help me get unstuck. Here are some of the things that did, eventually, get me through it:
|Pen and illustrations|
courtesy of K. Marie Criddle
- Read books on writing.
- Think about the story 24 hours a day.
- Create a dozen text files full of brainstorming and trying to work things out, with titles like "Random Revision Thoughts," "More Revision Planning (Invasion-Focused III)," and "Revision, Take Whatever" (You think I'm joking?).
- Write plot points on index cards and shuffle them for no reason.
- Use Awesome Pen of Power.
- Make ridiculous, masochistic Twitter bets.
- Make even more ridiculous punishments.
- Take really long drives alone, like say: drive your daughter to her mountain village 2 hours away.*
I did finally get unstuck, and though all of these things helped (especially putting off reading BEHEMOTH), the only way I got through it was to never give up.
How do you get yourself unstuck?
* For the purposes of this post, driving "alone" and "with a teenager" are the same thing.