Oh, this is a subject that is a thorn in my side! I do a lot of writing but there are times when I hit a dry spell. It's not exactly a writer's block
, per se, as I usually know what I want to do and where I want the story to go, but for some reason the story refuses to flow. I'm sure you've had the same experience - you write several paragraphs, maybe even a couple of pages, then you read back over what you've done and just delete it in disgust because it is rubbish! Another problem I sometimes hit is that I have too many
ideas and they wind up quarrelling inside my head. That can be downright painful!
Talking a story through with someone you trust can be a real help. Sometimes just saying the words out loud makes you realise just where the problem is. And your suggestion of putting it to one side and coming back to it later has also worked for me in the past (although there is the danger that the story might wind up mutating into something completely different!).
My chief flaw is that I lack focus. I'm a bit like a cat stalking her prey who then sees something shiny moving in the breeze. Having the strength of will to keep at a story even when it's misbehaving is something that I admire greatly. I have several ring binders worth of notes and scribbled extracts of scenes/conversations, all of which are going to be turned into deathless prose one day.