I'm still not writing. I'm tinkering. Revising. Playing with queries and synopses. I'm beta reading and critiquing.
But I'm not writing.
And it feels weird.
I'm always working on something. I always have more ideas than I know what to do with. But right now, I feel like I'm tapped out. I can't even imagine sitting in front of a blank document and starting again. I don't feel like it's something I can do, even though the evidence is sitting on the shelf behind me - I've written 9 novels. I know I can do it.
Have you ever been in s slump like this? How did you get out of it? Is it a matter of pushing through the lethargy and just writing something, anything? Or do I tinker and read and relax until an idea burns through me like a meteor and forces me to the computer?
I've tried the forcing myself method. I even wrote a proposal for the book and a first chapter. But I hated it and didn't feel any passion or excitement for it. An I'm sure that translated onto the page. So I left that alone. It'll still be there if I ever feel any fire for the story.
I have an idea for a new story that has my interest piqued, but it's complicated and difficult and I'm not sure I'm a good enough writer to pull it off. I'm thinking through all the angles on it, but at this stage there is too much unknown for me to start writing. My main character doesn't even have a name!
So should I feel guilty about not writing anything, or should I just go with it? When the right story comes, I'll know?