My son, who studied actuarial science and graduated with a degree in mathematics, is a full-time online author. In the last two years he has written over 3 million words.

I asked him what he does when he gets stuck.

He had some good suggestions.

  1. Take a walk. Get out of your writing for 10-15 minutes and you will be ready to write again.
  2. Look for threads you started and haven’t finished. This is part of that contract. If you said something was going to be important or happen, make sure it is or does.

One thing I did when I got stuck on my novel was skip ahead. If I didn’t know what was going to happen between a and c, but I knew what c was, I would go write c. For some reason that helped me figure out b.

Now, what you do when you are just too stubborn to write anything? That, he couldn’t answer.

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