I can relate.
In my writing, I often see the story, just right there, through the mist of my imagination. And yet I bang against the words on the page, hit delete, bang again and again.
In order to break through to the lushness I envision, I’m finding out I have to redirect. Unlike the unfortunate fly, I can do that. I can make choices, experiment and not just bang away until I die. Phew!
My favorite tool in this case is to turn another direction and let time pass.
I step away from that particular piece of writing and redirect my energy to something that proves to be more permeable in the moment.
I leave my computer and write by hand, something that research has shown causes you to access different parts of your brain.
If I can’t dredge up enough dialogue to flesh out the scene I’m working on, I pivot and go where the energy is flowing—maybe to a lyric essay, because the Muse has been handing me some imagery in my sleep.
Or sometimes I have to keep studying, reading, responding to writing prompts until my abilities move up to the level of the story and I learn the exact thing I need in order to write the next words.
“Go with the flow” sounds New Agey, and some would say I’m stalling, but it’s my creative process and I’m sticking to it. I end up less frustrated and more productive in the long run.
What about your writing process? Do you redirect, go straight for it, or something else?