I have this problem that happens whenever I try a large-scale project. Short stories I can do fine, sure, no problem. But anything longer than, say, three sittings I have difficulties with. Why? I run out of steam or get disillusioned with the project early on. More the latter than the former, actually. The first time I attempted to write a novel, I got to 30,000 words. That was during NaNoWrimo. In that case I stopped because I lost my flash drive and a third of the work. That was understandable, honestly. I really didn't want to re-do all that. So I learned my lesson and backed up my work. The second time I attempted a novel, I got three chapters in (about 7,000 words or so.) Thenit just died. It died, oddly enough, basically at the same time as I showed it to someone else. They made a great suggestion, but I didn't want to impliment the suggestion. I felt like if I did what they said, it would no longer be my own. Yet, I couldn't help but continously think about exactly how much better it would be with their suggestion. I could no longer force myself to work on it. Now, I know in my brain that I could have implimented their suggestion and been fine. Or I could have not implimented it and been fine. Probably wouldn't have mattered. But while I theoretically knew this, from that point on I couldn't do anything. Immobilized! Immobilized! The third time I attempted a novel, I only got one and a half chapters in (2,500 words or so.) Then, once again, I made the fatal flaw of sharing my idea. Unfortunately, I worked very closely with a friend of mine on this project. Then the friendship...ended abruptly. Major euphemism. But now I can't make myself go back to that story, as much as I love it! I think it's the best thing I've ever written. Best idea anyway. But I can't do it. And now, the same thing has happened to me once more. Go figure. Now it turns out that what I thought was an original idea has been done 10,000 times. Oh, I know, there's no original ideas under the sun. This shouldn't bug me. It's the writing that counts, not the ideas...etc etc etc. But for some reason I've still lost my enthusiam for the whole project. And without enthusaism: no writing gets done. It's not that I don't want to write. I do! But I just keep jumping from project to project to project to project endlessly, never completing anything. I spend ridiculous amounts of time composing outlines and worldbuilding for what I plan to be epic proportion projects. And then I lose my groove. Alright, this ended up being basically a huge rant. Plues, every time this cycle repeats I get all depressed and I mourn my idea and project like my best frined just died. Until the next day I get a NEW idea and manage to write all of four pages of that before it dies... Sorry about the rantingness. But does anyone else have this same problem? Just to clarify, it isn't the problem where I get new ideas and jump from one to the next. I don't have an excess of ideas, honestly I think I have too few. It takes me a while to think of something decent. I think I've decided that it stems from sharing my work before it is completed. It's not that I'm not taking criticism, most of the time it's not criticism it's praise. But whenever I tell someone about the project I'm working on within 24 hours I invariably have given up on that project. It's a curse!Then I get all disillusioned and in a bad mindset and can't continue. I thought I'd never say this but...I know how Stephanie Meyer felt after the Midnight Sun catastrophe. Phew. I said it. But it's true.