This is really a writers' challenge so for all of you who don't fancy themselves writers - um...ah, I know - translate this into something that will work for your discipline or life and let me know how you do it!
Free Fall - go to a place in a piece of writing you are working on where you feel somewhat stuck. Let's just say it is page 99 of your current work in progress. Read the page top to bottom without getting anxious and pick out one phrase, thought or sentence that works for you. Now on a separate sheet of paper, document, etc...take that phrase and free fall with it. Use it as you would a starting off point for a stream of consciousness piece. No editing - just write for about ten minutes or so completely going to the bottom of that thought. You should find (will find) that you have something precious when you're finished. And you can keep going - you can take your most compelling thought, phrase, sentence from THAT piece and free fall with that. Do not think for one dang minute you are wasting time or being silly. You are mining for gold in a different way than you might have before. This exercise also works when you're editing for unlike the writing that comes before editing when you don't allow the judgemental editor in - when you are revising or editing or working on draft # 2,3, etc... you are allowed to let the writer in. Got that? The writer is allowed to hang out while editing is going on but not the other way round.