Today I found a document where I had listed the book plot point by point - and I mean a plot that worked. I also had ideas for possible sequels. I don't remember when I wrote it or why I didn't save it somewhere for easy access.
Weeks of trying different things, when it turned out, I had charted everything and saved it neatly in a folder on my system.
I have no answers. To this creativity thing. I'm stumped. I'll just take it as a birthday gift! I don't know what works, what doesn't but I do know overthinking kills the magic.
One other thing that helps me stay focused these days is intermittent fasting or at least a low carb diet during breakfast and lunch. I don't feel sleepy after lunch, and I gain an hour and lose the pounds. It makes me feel lighter, more sprightly and I have a lot more energy. This plus Atwood's advice of having a strong back for writing, these are two valuable tips I offer you.
And the third one. Do whatever it takes to keep the inspiration in and pressure out.
The game is afoot.