I was in a funk yesterday. I'd been writing some pretty exciting action, but my current point of view character had just been knocked unconscious. And, to be honest, I was getting a bit fed up of her company.
So, I had to think about what to do next. Did I begin the narrative again with her waking up, and then have those who'd seen what had happened explain it? Sounded boring.
And then the idea hit me – write the next scene from the point of view of one of the observers (in this case her sister). Suddenly, I was excited to write again.
This book – the first in a new post apoc series – is written from multiple points of view in multiple locations, so there are several threads each with their own story (this is typical of the genre). I write the whole story for each thread, and then move onto the next one. At the end of draft 1, I rearrange the chapters to make sense chronologically. This makes it much easier to keep the detail of where that POV is as I sit down to write that day.
In this case, the POV is this pair of sisters. So I wrote the next chapter entirely from the second sister's point of view. And it breathed new life into this thread. It's amazing what can happen by just looking at a scene from a different perspective.