Do you ever get stuck? You’re in the middle of a busy day, or month-long project, or novel, and suddenly, everything stops. You’re not sure what to do next. Paralysis sets in, followed, often, by panic. What’s wrong? Why can’t I move forward? What if I NEVER get going again?

Been there? Me, too.

Here are a couple of ideas on what to do when you’re stuck:

TRY something new

Often, we get stuck because we’re in a rut. Or we’re headed in the wrong direction. I believe what many writers call ‘writer’s block’ is often our sub-conscious telling us we’re headed the wrong way in a story. Sometimes, the answer is to try something new. Attack the problem from a different direction.

Other times, we need to take a step back and dive into something completely different in order to get the creative juices flowing again.

A while back, I needed a creative challenge. I felt my writing was stagnant and well, blah. My son approached me about taking one of my book manuscripts and turning it into a screenplay. I had NO idea where to start. But I decided to find out. What started as a terrifying challenge became a wonderful creative kick-start—and I loved every minute of it.

That screenplay became a feature-length movie called, Catch of a Lifetime, (starring Matthew Ashford and Julia Denton) and will be shown at the Silver Springs International Film Festival in Ocala, Florida, on Friday, April 4th at 4:00 p.m. Which, I admit is both terrifying and exciting—but that’s another blog post.

For more about the Festival, go to www.springsfilmfest.com. And if you’re anywhere near Ocala, we’d be so honored if you came to support us and Catch of a Lifetime!

SEE something new

Have you taken a walk lately? Even just stepped out your front door and looked around?

PInk and white azaleas

Pink and white azaleas

We often get so focused on our to-do lists, we wear blinders and miss what’s around us. If you’re feeling stuck, go outside. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Take a different route to work and LOOK at the scenery.

Go to a shelter or pet store and pet a puppy or a kitten. Or watch some cute puppy/kitten videos online.

Taking our mind off what we’re stuck on often lets our subconscious solve the problem while we’re busy doing other things.

THINK something new

Our biggest obstacle is often in our minds. We play these negative tapes: I can’t… I’ll never… I shouldn’t have…

Trade those in for positive tapes: I can…I will…Instead of this, I’m going to do that…

Changing our mindset and the self-talk in our heads can make a huge difference.

So if you’re stuck today, try something different, see something different, think something different. And let me know how it goes, would you?

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Catch of a Lifetime: There is a great write-up about the Silver Springs International Film Festival at Ocala.com if you’d like to know more. If you’re local, I hope you can come see the movie!

Angel Falls is on sale! ONLY until March 30th, you can get the Kindle version of Angel Falls for just $2.99. If you know anyone who’d be interested, would you let them know? Thanks so much.

Do you like aviation AND suspense? Then I hope you’ll stop by my writer-friend Sandy Park’s blog to find out more about her latest novel and see what she’s working on now. You’ll be glad you did!

I am also featured on the Munce Blog this week, so if you have a minute, I hope you’ll click the link to read Seeing is Believing…or is it? You’ll get a quick look into my life as a boat captain.