I spent two days Googling pictures of castles and trying to design my own for my main characters. I can't draw to save my life but I drew it anyway, with numbers to indicate which pictures went where. I was bored shitless with my heroine wandering around vaguely, lost in endless passages. The action was slowed down to the point of death. And if the writing is boring, then so is the reading. Despite battling the most immense bout of depression this week (hello, whiskey bottle) I've made a good start. Funny how rewriting is always easier than writing.
Bloomsbury writer's tip:
Curing writer's block (or saving yourself from writing rubbish):
List key words.