I've written this blog post this morning about six different times. I kept going off on tangents I didn't really want to go on, and couldn't figure out how to get it back on track. See, I had an initial paragraph that I was going off of, a "slice of life" experience I thought would be a great opener. But after so many failed attempts, I realized that the opening paragraph is what was leading me astray. As much as I had struggled and polished that first paragraph already, I had to let it go and erase it completely and start over.
This is one of my biggest fears when it comes to writing. I'm so afraid of getting to a point where I've written myself into a corner that I don't even get to the corner in the first place. I get a few chapters in and then see the "possibility" of a corner, so I get discouraged and go on to a new project. Because I don't know about you, but when the work is so hard to begin with (and writing a first draft seems to be like pulling teeth without anesthetic for me), I can't stand the idea of having to discard a huge chunk of writing because I'd gotten off track. Sigh. Definitely something I am going to have to overcome if I ever expect to get published.
What are your bugaboos? What keeps you from finishing your WIP?