There is no “Universal Author,” who is effective at telling there story in endless numbers of formats powerfully. If it were writing would be an even more difficult career move. The best an undiscovered author could hope for is, the guy who could make any style a best seller was neither a good listener, nor very observant. Individual writers are good in different genres (and sub-genres, stages in the writing/ publishing process.) unique talents are great….And…
When you/me/we find ourselves setting aside time to write on a certain topic or chapter in our niche style, what do we do when nothing comes? Days turn into weeks, and months, and years. This subject is something that rings true, but every effort at brainstorming and working backwards, sideways, and diagonally doesn’t come out right, or at all. I’m supposed to have a talent for writing (_____) , and I can’t even connect A to B. Do I give up on my story/point?
If it’s important we are driven to find a solution. Here’s one that works for me when writing prose of almost any form: try writing the “stuck” idea in a new format based on the issue getting in the way. I often use free verse poetry as a brain dump to help me recall details of a story and keep them vivid and concise. Sometimes I cut and paste my end product directly into the piece I’m working on, at the very least I have a new direction and/or details I didn’t before and use them in my prose to build my bridge forward.
Poetry may not be your particular choice, but different styles make writers focus on different aspects of what we want to say. Whatever format you choose take a little time to learn about the style, yes digress onto a side road of writing research. Not only will you discover new means of expression, but it can lead you back to your story with a clearer idea and greater passion.
The style you choose to try and dislodge your mental block isn’t meant to distract you or win the Nobel for literature. In the end you may despise the style and still favour yours, but I’d bet engaging differently with your creation will give you a new element to move your work forward.
If nothing else, the purposeful break could do the trick!