As a novelist I waver between the thrill of a new project and the arduous work of finishing the novel – blog – article – short story – etc. An idea strikes, I love it, test it, and it’s time to write it. But, soon, this new project becomes work and once that transition occurs, it can be very easy to give up and have several half finished stories.
If you find yourself in the blah mode about your current project and thinking about transitioning to another, there really is only one thing you can do (No, not quit, because you learn by finishing).
You must go all in.
Write from 10pm to 4am.
Take a day off of work to write.
Go to a bookstore or library
Get up at 3 am and write
This could probably work for anything.
Feeling distant from your spouse? After the kids are in school, take the day off and spend some time together. Novels and stories are like this. They require time and dedication but also fun and spontaneity.
If you are struggling with your novel (or relationship), do something different. Write in a new place, get up at 5 am, write daily, and look for a new rhythm. And most of all, you must try harder.