Well, this is interesting. Two nights ago I got about six hours of uninterrupted sleep with no responsibility dreams that I can remember. I'll take that after many nights in a row of waking up every hour or two, sometimes in a panic over a particularly vivid responsibility dream, Those who know what I've been going through lately can guess the nature of the dreams.
Last night I had a dream, but it was low-key as far as responsibility dreams go. And instead of waking up in a panic, I had a revelation on Stalled Novel #1. I have this character who is mostly comic relief that I had been trying to bust out of a stereotype. I not only have a way to work with the stereotype to make a better character, but the character has gone from comic relief to pivitol.
Without giving too much away, there's a bit of a hero's journey going on. I'd hit the point where the hero is left to face things without the person who had been guiding them, but is still trying to gain their footing and figure out what's going on. This had me flummoxed. I felt someone still needed to be watching them, perhaps clandestinely. The character I'd pegged for that wasn't working out, but I think I know how to work that out. I've spent the last hour typing up notes and snippets of dialogue. Now I think I'm going to dump it all into Liquid Story Binder and see where I can go with it.
Oh, hell. I may stall again. Or not. But it just feels good to have a creative breakthrough. It's been a long time.