Honestly, this has got to be one of the hardest things that I struggle with as a writer. It’s just so easy to worry about your progress (or lack of progress). Just this weekend, I was stressing about finishing a chapter for one of my novels. I just wanted to get it done because I knew that this week was going to be pretty busy. I worried so much about finishing it that I just couldn’t find the words to write down. I was too concerned with finishing the chapter and I had forgotten that writing should be enjoyable.
I decided to take a break, relax, and come back to it later and it really worked. It was much easier to get my creative thoughts going when I wasn’t stressing about a deadline that I had given myself. (I ended up finishing the chapter too).
Other times I worry that my novel isn’t exciting enough. Then I realize something really important. I’ve read the novel like a hundred times! Of course it won’t be as exciting as if I were reading a brand new book! Just remember that your audience will be reading your novel for the first time so all your predictable twists and turns will be complete surprises for them.