I'm finally joining in with the IWSG. I haven't before now becasue I've been on confidence streak with my writing (I blame it on starting a new story) but that doesn't mean I don't ever have issues, I just hadn't had any issues until this past week.
I got to a point in Existence where I was stuck. I knew what the end goal was and I could see the problem clearly, but I didn't know what road to take. I wasn't expecting that to happen. I had plotted the whole thing before hand and I thought the whole MS was going to be smooth sailing.
The only problem was I couldn't see was how certian factors would shift my plotting and leave me empty handed at this point in the book.
I didn't write that day.
Thank goodness my critique group was meeting that night. They haven't been reading Existence (except for the 1st chapter) becasue I'm not at an editing point yet. When it came to my turn there was nothing to discuss; that is, until someone asked if they could help me brain storm.
I jumped on the opportunity. I told them everything that happens after that first chapter and we discussed options, and man am I glad we did. Every option I had considered beforehand lead to confusion. Getting the input of my friends was just what I needed to get a shove in the right direction.
The next day, I wrote 4,000 words. I have NEVER written that many words in a day. I guess that's why I decided to join this group, becasue I know it won't be last time that I need encouragement to push me through.
Who do you go to when you're 'stuck'?