I've been in a writing slump for months now. Although I can write if its editing old drafts, I can't seem to move forward with the story from where the last chapter (chapter 13) ends. I have a problem with confidence you see. I just think I'm not a good enough writer, which puts me off writing anything.
You know how it is (I realize I'm not alone with this issues); I'll do anything other than write, though spend all my time thinking about writing. I make lists of things I really should be doing instead of it, do them all half-heartedly, because my heart is with my incomplete novel. I know I'm simply avoiding the challenges rather than meeting them head-on, which annoys me. I'm left frustrated and disappointed with myself, which feeds the lack of confidence.
I go round in circles and want to get off this ever-evolving ride.
What do you do to get past this (or your version of this)? Any and all ideas, if your please, ladies. My first draft will never end if I don't get past this.
Thanks, Shah .X
I know EXACTLY what you are talking about and where you are coming from and I have a few suggestions that might help.
1. Relax, close your eyes and VISUALIZE yourself as a publish author at your book signing. Think about how happy and proud you'd to be sharing your "baby" with others that will love it almost as much as you do. Try to live in that moment a few times a day and each time you do try to expand the vision and make it last longer with it becoming better and better. Sometimes it helps to see the ending.
2. Read the 2 prior chapters outloud to yourself. Hear the words of the story and VISUALIZE what's happening. When you come to the end of what you have already written KEEP GOING. Use a recorder and just keep talking. I find this helps because I am already in a flow of speaking and the story is fresh on my mind.
I hope that one of these ideas can at least get you back on the road to completion. YOU CAN DO THIS...I have faith in you!