From now on whenever I'm feeling unmotivated I'm going to write about it here. (Not really, don't run away screaming. I won't whine every time I'm blocked.) In yesterday's post I complained how I can't seem to get myself to write. Even though I said I was out of excuses I managed to come up with a few more in the comments.
My regular commenters were very encouraging, as always. And what happened today? I wrote! Not much, only about 500 words, but I started a section I've been dreading. My MC needs to get a ride from some men but didn't know how to ask them, which means I didn't know how to make him ask them.
This afternoon I shoved him around the corner, forced him to make eye contact, and what do you know? He's getting a ride. He has to help them build a wall for their efforts, but he's in!
I know this seems silly, especially to those of you who aren't writers, but it's amazing how many mental blocks we throw in our way. Maybe I should look at it that it's my character who's hesitating, not me. All I have to do is show him what to do next.