I mentioned being in a stall yesterday. I think it's because I'm going into a nonverbal phase. A different part of the brain wants to work. Probably the math/engineer part. This is the part of my brain that wants to DO things.
You'd think this would be a time to do art, but that doesn't help, or at least it doesn't help with doing art on a screen. I want to physically interact with things.
This is the time when I A) create games, B) play games, and C) trot out the old 3 x 5 cards and toys to do plotting.
No matter how much easier it is to create these on a computer and have them all in place, no matter how useless they are once created, I need to scribble by hand on cards and move them around. I don't need to do this for the story's sake, really. (I can cut and paste in outlines I've already got.)
It's just that my brain needs to do this. I need to stop looking at a screen with its constant distance and light, and limited scope, and stop dealing with file organization. I need to touch things. I need to push them around and tuck them out of sight without thinking.
If I have a tricky action scene to work out, I need to get out my Disney (and other) figurines and start pushing them around. (This story, so far, hasn't needed that, though I did realize that Mr. Peabody would be the perfect one for Chef.)
And yeah, aside from expressing a tactile need, it does also spur some out-of-the-box thinking. I worked out some mushy plot areas. I still have the denouement to fuss with. Maybe that's where I'll get out the figures.....
See you in the funny papers.