Yes. Yes yes yes. Sometimes I think my family believes I'm going insane (and folks who put up with me on a certain writer's forum, as well) because I'll flip flop like that on occasion. More often with this novel than my others. Some days it's like I can't write to save my life, I'll never finish this darn thing, I might as well trunk it now and then within the next day or two I'm zipping off the most perfect chapters I could possibly hope for. I don't understand it, but you aren't alone.
Glad I'm not the only one! I'm usually pretty steady going but every once in a while...Definite case of the Am-I-Crazies
I'm in need of some encouragement. I know that may seem strange given all the great news that I've been sprouting over at the Squee thread, but this WIP is not behaving. My last book was so easy to write, as writing books go. It felt effortless, and it was truly enjoyable. I couldn't wait to sit down and work on it.
It's not like that with this WIP. This one is HARD. I find myself procrastinating because every time I sit down to write, getting words out is like pulling teeth. I love the concept, and I truly believe that it will end up being a fantastic book. I just don't know why it's so difficult. Writing has never been this difficult! Ugh!
I'm definitely in the same boat. I think it's so different from my first book because 1) The first book was semi-auto biographical. You know, the stuff you've been trying to get off your chest for a while 2) This one is just a more challenging, bigger book with lots of world-building.
I think it depends on what is holding you back. Is it because you haven't fully figured out where it's going? Maybe taking break to let your ideas gestate would be best to allow you to attack it freshly later. Or perhaps just some world-building/brainstorming exercises are in order. Is it just about meeting your expectations? Then forcing yourself to write anything, no matter how bad it is might be better, aka Butt In Chair method. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. Personally, I can't write if I'm totally stressed for outside reasons either.
Unfortunately, sometimes it's hard to know what's stopping you! Ugh. Maybe some books are just tough.
I think that's why these writing discussions are so great. We analyze our processes until we understand how we work best. Everyone is different. So take it as a learning experience for your next book. At least, that's what I'm trying to do.