Creatively, I'm stuck more often than I'm unstuck. That may sound odd but it's true. I'll have an idea of where the plot is going to go but the details aren't there. Once I get the plot scene or event in my mind in Technicolor, I can write 10,000 words nonstop. But that happens maybe once or twice a month. The other days I grind.
I was on a radio interview a couple months ago and tried to explain it. "I always write a paragraph a day," I told the interviewer.
"What?" He asked. "How do you ever get anything done?"
I'll share my process. I sit in a chair and know that no matter how stuck I might be I can always get a paragraph out. That is how I grind through Resistance. Once I start typing I usually get more than one paragraph but rarely does that turn into a multi-page sitting. Steven Pressfield is right about doing the work: the Muse is watching and she only rewards dedicated effort. By grinding this way I stay stuck but I also stay in the story. I stay with the characters. I stay in that universe even if I don't know where it's going to take me. And that's the amazing thing. When the Muse does visit the direction and scenes come at me in a kaleidoscopic flow that oftentimes take the plot and character arcs in directions I never dreamed the previous day. It usually happens when I'm not at the keyboard.
I was working out yesterday and all my attention was pulled into my fictional universe. My characters, in my mind's eye, visited and we conversed. They told me scene by scene, chapter by chapter, how to complete the arcs of Gold & Glory in such a way to be satisfying but also set the plot for the next book in the Good Fight Series: Thump & Riposte. If you don't believe in anything "divine" then go through the grinding process and you soon will. I spent the last three weeks grinding, staying with the characters and staying stuck, until I got to this point. Now, I'm off to the races and it is a rare, ineffable, and personal joy to write after pushing through Resistance.
I hope that everyone grinds to the point they find their creative fountain in their chosen endeavor. The collective output of our creative fountains move the world.