I am writing a first draft of a novel, and am trying to tell myself to write a few hundred words a day. If the words were just random, sporadic pieces every day, I'd feel it would be easy to write 500+ words a day. The problem with Novels is the words have to follow the previous words. Ie I have to "pick up where I left off" the day before in terms of the plot, and write about what was meant to come next. Sometimes I don't feel like writing that particular scene, and I don't know how to get myself to be psyched up for the scene/part I have to write. I wonder if the skill I have to develop is similar to that of an actor, ie take my inner world (whatever is going on at that moment), and either 1) learn how to change my state to fit the mood the character is meant to be in, or 2) just use that state in the chapter, take it in a different direction. Does anybody have any thoughts on this?