Do you ever start a story that just fizzles out after a few paragraphs, pages or even chapters? I recently talked about how a story idea comes to me in a flash, a scene that nags me until I have to write it. I might need to mention again that I'm a pantser all the way. I HATE plotting or outlining. I usually don't have the famous GMC worked out, not until the book actaully starts to take form, then it all takes shape.
But sometimes it doesn't.
I have a lot of partials under my bed for this reason. I have a great "flash", write it. Heck, on some of them I've even finished the ms! A lot, actually. I always lose count, but I think I have 13 completed manuscripts collecting dust under my bed.
I also have at least that many partials, maybe more.
Right now I'm struggling with three current WIPS...the Cowboy's Baby, Larkspur, Rescued...
I want to finish them. I really do, but I've lost interest. It's not that the story isn't there, it's there. In fact, on two it's down pat.
The trouble is, I just don't want to write the damn story. And they're good stories, worth finishing. One of them is brand new, one I was in love with until I started writing it, and the CPs all like. But I'm no longer enjoying it. I open the document and I sit and stare at it. Get up, eat a snack, go to the bathroom, check what's on Oprah, read email, look at Facebook.
Just don't write.
I know what you're thinking, it's the mid-book saggies. Nope. I haven't gotten far enough for the droops. It's just that for different reasons, none of the books no longer hold any appeal. I think it goes back to my confidence issue I talked about a few weeks ago.
I don't know, but it's driving me crazy.
I can't keep starting manuscripts and not finishing them. That's the mark of an amatuer, and I'm no amatuer in this biz. Been at it too long.
Anybody have any sage advice for getting my mojo back? Or a good kick in the ass to get me to finish three good, possibly salable manuscripts?