So my new novel has a lot of me in it. I know that most characters are reflections to some degree of the writer. But my main character is a figure skater, one that is a whole heck of a lot better than me, but she goes through a pretty major injury.
I don't know if having to sift through these memories again is making writing this novel feel like I'm pulling an recalcitrant elephant behind me. Or if it's the fact that I'm writing contemporary fiction that deals with real issues and I can't drive the plot forward anymore with magical actions or spectacular super human abilities. I'm pretty grounded in reality. It's hard for my main character and hence it's hard for me.
My WIP and I have this love hate relationship. I avoid it most of the time. But those moments when I sit down and actually start reading it, and thinking about it, then a scene will flow from my pen, but then when it comes time for the next difficult scene I find myself more apt to closing the notebook then plowing through.
It's a frustrating, cyclical, roller coaster process. Has anyone else had a relationship like this with one of their novels?