It doesn't matter how close to the finish line I am as long as I'm moving forward. Lately it seems that with everything I try I'm spinning my wheels.I hate that I'm not progressing but I just don't know which path to walk down with this MS.
There's no doubt about it, writers make some difficult decisions. In my mind one of the most difficult is whether or not it's time to query. I think one of the reasons it's so hard is that it's not just one choice. There are a myriad of options. Is it the plot that's holding you back? Are there scenes that are very beautiful but don't progress the plot so you need to tear them, and your heart, out? Should you emphasize this subplot or that one? Each word must be tested, weighed to see if it is the best word for the job. Each plot line questioned each character delved into.
It can be very overwhelming and lead to a sense of paralysis. Often this is the time when you need to get feedback. A new pair of eyes can see things you can't, give you a push in the right directions. But maybe you've already done this. Maybe your confusion is because you're having a hard time being done with something that has consumed so much of your life. Maybe your just terrified of the next step and so you keep trying to go down the familiar paths you've already traversed. Sometimes I think we just need to pick a path and walk down it awhile. If it's not right you can always try another. At least you're moving instead of stagnating.
How do you deal with not knowing what to do next?