Whether you've been writing for years, or are just starting in your author journey, eventually you're going to reach a point where you fall out of love with your current writing project. How do you rediscover your love for your current writing project? Better yet, how do you know when it's time to push that project to the side and write something else?
-Analyze: Sit down and really think about your writing project. What do you not like about it anymore? Is it a particular character? A storyline? A plot point? The prologue? A particular scene? Oftentimes, we don't hate our entire story, but a particular character or scene is the true culprit.
-Make Changes: Once you know what's killing your joy, you can make changes. Do you need to remove or rewrite a particular scene or chapter? Will adding a character or changing up a character's traits help you like them more? Do you need to take a step back and outline your novel's plot again?
Let's say you do the above and yet the thought of sitting down to write still bores you. Is it time to push this WIP (work in progress) to the side and start something else? Maybe. However, consider doing the following first:
-Take a Break: Sometimes we need to step away from our WIP for a day, a week, or even a month. This doesn't mean we aren't a writer, but by stepping away and focusing on something else, we may be able to see our WIP with new eyes. Maybe that scene or chapter really isn't that bad. Or, maybe we start to see a particular character in a new light and have a clearer understanding of their needs, wants, and desires.
-Self-Analyze: Do you really dislike your WIP, or is someone, or something else, stealing your joy? Maybe the true culprit is the harsh feedback you received from a beta reader or the rejection you got when you were searching for an agent. Or, maybe you're feeling a ton of doubt because you're comparing yourself to other writers. Regardless, try to address these feelings and realize that ultimately you're writing this novel for you, and not everyone is going to love your novel as much as you do. Above all, never let doubts or rejection diminish your love for writing.
Last, but not least, if you've done all of the above, but still feel that you need to push your WIP aside, then do so. You should never force yourself to write something that you truly don't love as it will show in your writing. However, please save anything that you love from that WIP before you toss it aside. You never know when you can use a particular character or scene in another WIP.
Let me know in the comments down below if these tips were helpful or if you want me to discuss another particular writing topic in the future.