Okay, first of all, get your head out of the toilet. I'm not talking about THAT kind of #2!
I'm talking about these.
My trusty pencils.
Somehow I think differently when I write with a pencil. I don't look at things the same way on a computer screen or even when I write with a pen. I love the scratch of graphite on paper, the softness of the slightly smudgy words. I connect to my story in a way that is hard to explain, but it's almost more primal.
Whenever I get stuck or overwhelmed or I just need a different frame of reference, I reach for a pencil and a stack of 4x6 note cards. And as I scribble, I learn more about my characters, their needs and the actions they have to follow to make the story come alive.
What tricks do you use make your words flow again?