I want to talk about staying motivated with your WIP. I think that that is the hardest part of writing, it isn't the actual writing, coming up with ideas or overcoming writers block, it is not getting bored with the whole process or overwhelmed. A lot of people confuse being unmotivated and bored with the writing process with the belief that their story is bad and as a result they give up. However, that isn't always the case.
My point is that you really need to think hard before you give up on your WIP because 9 times out of 10 it isn't your story your bored of, it is the fact that you want instant gratification but that isn't possible with writing. It will take a while, you will laugh, you will cry and you will tear your hair from your head, but in the end it will be worth it. I am not trying to deter you from writing, it is quite the opposite, I want to tell you that it is normal! Not every moment of your writing career will be smooth, nor it will not be filled with a constant flux inspiration and that is perfectly okay.
To be honest with you, I was starting to lose momentum on my WIP. I still have faith in it and I know it can be salvaged, but I had and am still having days were I'd prefer to watch 5 hours of Gilmore Girls instead. I got bored with it taking so damn long! I still think about my story and characters every single day but what I want more than anything is to close my eyes and then have my finished novel in front of me. I know that'll never happen and I think that's why I was avoiding writing it a little bit because I know how much work still needs to go in it and I am procrastinating. I guess I am doing that with most things in my life at the moment such as writing, moving house and study. I have exams in a few weeks and I have barely started...
Nevertheless, I know that I love my story, I love my characters and they still play out scenes in my mind everyday. I will not give up on them. I will be stubborn and I will get this done! I decided that I will resort to what worked for me last time and what got me writing everyday- my excel sheets. I downloaded this cool Chris Hemsworth Thor MS Excel sheet and now I have to hit a 300 word target everyday. With my weird work and study schedule 300 words is really good for me and is manageable. It is not too small and it isn't to big, it is the perfect amount.
I would definitely suggest using excel sheets to track your progress and strongly recommend setting a word count each day. Giving yourself little targets makes all the difference. Look at writing a novel, like running a marathon, you need to take the small wins, plan the journey and have the end always in site.
I hope that this has helped you realise that what your feeling is normal and every writer goes through it. You are not alone! More importantly, don't give up on your novel! Do not quit because you are not a quitter! Let me know in the comments below if you are experiencing something like this and what you do to kick start your motivation.