I'm slugging through. Writing this book is like walking through knee-deep mud. I know writing is hard for most writers. I know in my head that both of my first two books were sometimes hard to write.
But I loved the books in my heart even when they were hard to write. I always loved the concepts, loved the characters, loved the idea of what they would someday be.
This book is so much harder. In my head I think it's a good idea. I know the plot and the characters. I even feel connected with the main character in the way that my heart breaks for her when I think about her. But I don't love it. I don't love spending time in it. I am constantly rethinking it. Debating it. Not just is it a good plot or a good story, but is it the right one. It doesn't mean I even think the writing is bad so far. I just don't feel like this is "the one."
So you writers... what is your opinion on this? Does a writer need to love the book they are writing and be unable not to write it - feel bound to write it or they will burst? Or do you just slug through it, hoping eventually it will be something you'll feel proud of?