I'm working on my first novel - as such, I have no experience whatsoever of how it all works. So, I conceived the idea 6 years ago, resurrected the project at the beginning of 2011. I rewrote the existing 44 pages and started again from p.5, expanded it all the way to 230 pages. Unfortunately due to my lack of planning, a lot of the plots and characters had to be dropped and reworked, causing my now 2nd incomplete "draft" to be more or less redundant. I then spent 3 months planning it from beginning to end and have clear direction and goals for my novel now. I started writing just before last Christmas and am now half way through. (34,000+ words) And I'm stuck. Not for ideas. I know where it should go. But I've lost all motivation and passion for it. I feel nothing when I read it because I can recite every last line of it. But I fear putting it down and working on something else will cause me to abandon the project altogether, and I wanna finish this. I really do. Just right now, I feel a creeping sense of despair that it's never, ever gonna finish... So how to get out of this despair? And how to rekindle your passion for your novel?