That's right. You heard it here first. Elissa's got her groove back! Whoop whoop *high five myself* (which btw looks ridiculous). I lay on the 'therapy' couch and read lots of motivating articles and posts and took bits from this one and bits from other ones and had a good old think and voila - I had a break through.
It was all to do with point of view (or as the hip people like to call it: POV). I was trying to keep everything in the POV of my heroine but in order for the story to work, some of the secondary characters needed their time in the spotlight as well. Now there's lots of advice about not letting your secondary characters taking over and/or making sure you don't confuse your reader about who the story is really about but I'm sure that won't be a problem. Once the secondaries are introduced they seem to be happy to play subordinate roles and so far the heroine is enjoying having a breather.
In two days I've managed over 4000 words and also completed a plotting outline that's helping me work out the last few kinks in the story. All in all I'm kinda chuffed with myself.
Anyone else conquered something or had a break through? Feel free to use my couch if you need to.