After talking to my students on Friday, it dawned on me that as a creative individual, our minds are cued by different emotions, feelings, and structure.
Structure is an important part of the creative process. It is an amalgam of decisions and actions that ultimately swing us in the direction that we want to move. For some of us, the movement may look sideways to the casual viewer. But to us, we are making a forward movement in the direction of our creative goal (whatever that may be.)
So, if you are feeling stuck. Remember that structure is what is pushing you in the direction that you must move. It is structure that gives you that feeling of movement, forward, backward, or sideways. Therefore, whether you feel that you are moving laterally, think that perhaps, just perhaps it is the direction you need to move, in order for you to feel that you eventually are moving forward.