I have a great idea for a novel that I have been working on for months, but I only have about 700 words written. Why? Because I'm so frustrated. This is my first attempt at a novel. I have written tons of short stories, and I have never had so much trouble. The idea is fine, and the plot is moving wonderfully. My prose is just exceptionally weak on this project. The narrative is awful, and the dialogue makes me want to vomit. It's so weak. My protagonist sounds like a whiny little girl. I've been trying to write it in first person, because the story is about how the protagonist finds out about herself and what is really going on in the world around her. I don't know if this is my problem or something else. Maybe first person isn't fitting as well as I thought it would. Does anyone have any suggestions for how I can fix the problem or just look past it until I get more words on the page? It really bothers me, because I know that I'm not doing justice to my story or my writing ability.