I think as writers, we all too often lose the threads to our stories and struggle to resume the braid of a plot, character development, dialogue, and so on. It seems that stepping back from our own writing is the only logical thing to do. Definitely the sanest. I have found it helpful to peruse books that inspire me to write in the first place. Most of the time, it’s the opening lines to a story that turn out to be great sources of rejuvenation.
Here are some first lines that always recapture me: