This is what I typed in OpenOffice:
- WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
- The scene has no action. Too much dialogue, and nothing happening. The only tension is emotional.
- Add physical tension.
- How do I add physical tension without lessening the emotional tension or taking away from the dialogue?
There was a lot more to it than that, me dialoguing with myself on the progression of the new chapters. But the amazing thing was, just by writing it all out like that, I got answers. Just writing down exactly what the problem was, was a mind-clearer in the extreme.
It's funny; I've read Dale Carnegie. I know that writing down one's troubles is a huge step in finding solutions. And yet I so often forget it. Why write them down when you're busy finding a solution?
Let me tell you - writing them down gets you the solution. It just comes. It happens when I journal angsty things in my journal; almost all of those entries end with hope and solutions and confidence for the future. And when you write down your writing troubles, the solution will often appear. I don't know why. It just does.
So if you're stuck, go write down why you're stuck. And then go from there...