When you’re absolutely stuck in a scene, write one of the characters in it yelling: “Makin’ pancakes! Makin’ bacon pancakes!” Then give yourself just a few minutes to write all the other characters reacting appropriately, as though that had genuinely just happened in their reality.
“Why are you so unfriendly?’ said Boromir. ‘I am a true man, neither
thief nor tracker. I need your Ring: that you know now; but I give you
my word that I do not desire to keep it. Will you not at least let me
make trial of my plan? Lend me the Ring!“
“It is by our own folly that the Enemy will defeat us,” cried Boromir. “This is no time to take bacon and put it in a pancake! How it angers me! Fool! Obstinate fool!”
And then erase the goofy stuff and go back to where you were, hopefully slightly refreshed.
This is a shorter variation on Steven Brust’s trick for when he’s stuck on a major plot point. He writes a scene in which all the characters get together and have a meal, at which they bitch about their situation, about possible solutions, and about what a jerk their author is. When the characters have agreed upon a course of action, Steve deletes the meal scene and has them enact whatever decisions were made in it.
iris + barry + domesticity, pleasee, i miss my boos
“Makin’ pancakes,” Barry sang softly to himself. “Makin’ bacon pancakes.”
“You are such a nerd,” Iris said as she walked in the kitchen, drawn immediately to the coffee machine and the delicious smells of roasted bean wafting out. “And you better not be making bacon pancakes.”
Barry scoffed. “This is like the best idea I’ve ever had,” he said, and flipped another pancake on the skillet.
“You mean the best idea that show you watch has ever had.”
“Whatever,” he said. “You’re just jealous that you don’t get any of these pancakes and you’re taking it out on me.”