While I don’t want to jinx this, I have been stuck, now I am less so.
The problem? Not letting the character be who she is.
She’s a rough woman, a gangsta’s moll, a drifter who cheerfully “cut a few people” to get out of a rioting city. Yet I had her acting nice to a girl who pissed her way off.
I couldn’t figure out why my story stuck in mud until I backed up and really looked at the scene.
(got that tip from lesson 13 of the Think Sideways class, btw)