I didn't really know where to put this (insights? progress journal?) so if this is the wrong place, I apologize. So I've been having a seriously hard time writing these last few days. I've been trying to figure out a certain scene, how to make my character find out about something important. I have notebooks that I write my ideas down in (helps my thoughts flow better than typing). And I've pulled them out and stared at them for hours... only to write "fuck" over and over when nothing came to me. So I went to Barnes & Noble to look for a writing book, something to inspire me and help get me out of my writers block. I found a book called "For Writers Only," and while I didn't end up buying it, I did skim the pages. It's basically a book with a bunch of subjects (Starting, Publishing, Writers Block, Reviews), and a bunch of authors give their thoughts and advice on the subject. There was one person in the Writers Block category that said they often get writers block when they are trying to tell the story instead of letting the characters tell it for them. So last night when I was laying in bed, I tried that. I pretended to be my main character, and I let her do whatever she wanted to do. And I discovered that she isn't the Mary Sue I've been trying to write. She's rebellious. She wants to do what she wants and doesn't want other people telling her what to do. So when she was supposed to be in her room sleeping, she's sneaking out and hearing a conversation she isn't supposed to hear. And that's the start of her finding out about that important thing I need her to know. I've been working on this novel longer than I want to admit. And the entire time, she's been the exact same. Everyone else has changed, the story has changed, the world has changed. But she's always stayed the same. And I think that's why I've been so stuck. Yaayy to new character developments.