I've been struggling coming up with the plot for months. For some reason, nothing really excited me. It takes place during World War II, towards the end of war. I love my characters, so that wasn't the problem. Since it's a romance, Richard and Claire have to be together in most of the chapters. And, that was the rub. He's an intelligence officer working in Europe and she's a struggling artist living in New York.
I needed help. On my vacation last week, between walking along the ocean, dining out, and shopping, I forced my sisters to brainstorm with me. We had a great time coming up with outlandish ideas and ridiculous plots, but out of all of this craziness, my oldest sister hit the jackpot. She gave me the one idea I needed to jumpstart my enthusiasm.
So, my question for today is: what tricks do you use to break down the mental block preventing you from beginning your story?
Vicki - http://www.vickigaia.com