When writers come to a dead stop there can be a tendency to panic.
It’s important to remember that our idea of our story is never the whole story. When we try to figure it out, we tend to dig a deeper hole.
Story is alchemy. As our novel progresses it becomes something else entirely, and when we hold onto our initial idea, we reach a point where we can’t move forward.
Here’s the solution. Rather than looking at the “apparent problem” that your protagonist is struggling with, notice that underneath it lies a dilemma. By exploring the nature of this dilemma, you will be led to a deeper understanding of the character.
Character suggests plot.
By exploring the character’s dilemma, plot will emerge, and you will get to the end of your story.