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  • I haven't written a book so I'm not sure how applicable this is, but sometimes when I'm stuck it's just because I don't know what to do yet but the urge to do something is overwhelming. This frequently works out with distractions and time.

    Talking to other programmers I've found that while working on the distractions (reading, exercise, walking around, working on something completely different, etc.) you're actually still working on the problem. It's a low-level thread (so to speak), but it's still churning away. So when you're mowing the lawn and then bam! it hits you how to solve the problem and the floodgates suddenly open wide, you can liken it to that low-level thread finishing up.

    Or maybe not :-) I've just tried to stop beating myself up over these blockages and look at them as normal occurrences for non-guru programmers like me.