I have discovered that writing a novel is sometimes like wading through a creek in the dark. At some point you will run into a rock or stumbling block. You’ll have to decide if you can step over it; write around it; or if you must go a whole new direction.
I’ve also discovered that sitting in my chair and staring at my computer screen does not help. Lately I find myself stepping over the obstacle and writing a different scene. Upon completing the new scene I often realize that the transition or solution to my previous quandary is perfectly clear.
On other days I take a whole new direction. I get out of my chair and go for a walk….