Goodreads asked Frank E. Hopkins:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Frank E. Hopkins I plan ahead to avoid writers block. When I first begin writing a novel or short story I create a detailed outline, including chapters and scenes within chapters. I enter that data on the top row of a spreadsheet. I follow by entering rows that include the date of the scene, characters in the scene, purpose of the scene, opening sentence of the scene, closing or transition sentence to the scene. When I have completed this process each scene is easy to read. If I get stuck on one scene I always move to another so as not to waste precious writing time.

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