A while ago I decided to move on from writing short stories (some of which can be read here) and restart my novel. I submitted a short excerpt of my first chapter on this forum for feedback, it's called Friarswood, but I'm having problems. My problem is I'm stuck. But it's not because I don't know where the stories going (I wrote 5,000 word layout) I just seem to have just lost steam. Lost enthusiasm. Lost motivation. My question is what do you do when you've lost steam in your story? How to you get it back? I have wondered if perhaps the story has already been written in my head, the 5,000 word layout, and that is why I can't write it and I should just move on with another project? Is there some way I can rekindle my interest in this story or am I just trying to flog a dead horse. What are your thoughts?