When I was a dancer, I used to have a particular dance move in mind for those moments (not exactly rare) during which I suddenly went blank. I called it my Please Standby move. (For any bellydancers out there, it was a 3/4 shimmy over a full body undulation). These were almost always moments during a solo ( usually improvisational) in which I just turned into a complete non-entity. I forgot all things, especially dance things, and I stood there, in the lights, looking like an idiot.
I’ve decided that I need a Please Standby move for writing novels. Except I would have to perform this move mentally, right? I don’t know how that would work.
Usually, yoga is my Please Standby move. Yoga is actually a series of moves, of course, so I guess writing takes 30 or more moves to qualify as a Please Standby move.
Writing is a pain in the ass, sometimes.