As previously mentioned, I’ve definitely been struggling with motivation lately. My brain feels that the book is done and there’s no longer any need to think about it anymore. As I type this I realise that I’m the same in all areas of my life. In maths I stop being interested once I’ve got the concept behind the proof. I don’t feel the need to work through the teeny details.
Having said that, I have finally had a breakthrough today. I realised that it’s not about writing a book that is “good enough” by some standard, it’s about writing a book that I would be proud of. I forced myself to think about what I’m going to do with this book when I’m finished it (if I don’t win the hotkey books competition!) I realised that I want to be able to submit a book to editors+agents that I would be happy for them to publish as is. That I would be proud if they published as is. Now I know they won’t publish as is, but I need to get it to a stage where I would be happy if they did.
I hope that makes sense to you. In any case it makes sense to me and has given me the encouragement to work hard at my novel again. Success!