Whenever you’re feeling stuck, the worst thing you can do is sit at the computer. You’re far better off getting up and walking around. Movement creates a sense of energy. Try getting up and acting out what your characters would do. Better yet, say what your characters would say. Become the character unless you’re surrounded by lots of people who will think you are crazed.

An hour later, you’re back in front of the screen and waiting for the end of a chapter to hit you.

Another drill I regularly do is reading my stories from the beginning in order to get in the character’s frame of mind. Grab your I-Pad, find a different location, and read aloud from the beginning of the manuscript. Ignore the urge to edit.