Planning events in your plot and knowing your characters inside out is not always enough to keep writing block at bay. You know how it is, you have been working hard, the novel has behaved, the draft is going well and then… you get stuck, your characters need to help you out.
These suggestions may get your pen moving/ fingers tapping again. I would use them as a free writing exercise, rather than committing to it being a scene in your story – but if it fits and helps you drive your plot forward these are broad enough ideas to work or at least spark a similar idea which suits your novel better.
RULE 1: DO NOT BE AFRAID
Remember fear doesn’t exist and the worst that can happen is you throw another few hundred words in the bin.
RULE 2: JUMP
Choose one – write.
Someone knocks on the door
A text message beep
There’s a power cut
A sensor / alarm goes off
RULE 3 YOU CAN MAKE ANYTHING HAPPEN
But be clear on what your character wants, what’s their drive? Aim?
RULE 4 PLOT GROWS FROM CHARACTER
Think about your main character, what do they want more than anything in the world?
RULE 5 EXAMINE GOALS AND HURDLES
Why can’t the character achieve this ambition? What stands in the way?
Can the other characters help? What are their goals?
These ideas should help you develop your story.
RULE 6: KEEP WRITING, IT WILL ALWAYS GET BETTER