Have you ever stared at a blank page or that half-assed passage you wrote twenty minutes ago only to realize that you haven’t touched the keyboard this whole time?

When this happens, you can always call it a day and walk away from the keyboard. Who knows, tomorrow may be different.

But if you’d like to push through, try this technique when you’re stuck.

Take a look around. What do you see? More importantly, what does it have to do with what you’re writing?

Tell me, what would happen if a TV playing your favorite episode of Friends suddenly materialized in the middle of your fantasy epic? Probably something silly. And that’s okay. Silly is better than stuck.

So let it appear: a TV, a trapdoor, a train, a tablespoon, a testicle (just one), a teapot, a tailcoat, or a toad. Have some fun, let your characters rest and loaf around for a bit, like actors on a break. They’ll be more eager to work with you afterward.

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