Does that sound like the situation you are in?
Cast your mind back to when you first had the idea for your story. What was going through your mind at that time? Were you excited to get started? That same excitement is still there - you just need to draw it out!
If you are a writer that follows a specific routine, take a look at what you can do differently. For example, before you start to write, spend a little time looking at the last couple of paragraphs. Is there anything that you can change or improve? This exercise can help you reconnect with the story and remind you of where you are with it. It can also act as a writing 'warm-up'.
A phrase used often in sport is 'form is temporary, class is permanent', and usually refers to a sportsperson going through a loss of form and/or confidence. The same can apply to authors; it is difficult to bring your A game every time you write. Step back from your work for a short period of time to recharge and manage your expectations when you come back to it. With writing, aiming for quality over quantity can bring great rewards; a handful of high-quality words are better than a thousand poorly written ones.
To rediscover their form, sports stars often do something differently, either by changing an aspect of their game or by recruiting a new coach. This is where, as an author, your blog can be a powerful tool. Think about what you are especially about (apart from writing of course!) and try writing an article about it. You might be surprised at how easily the words flow!
Last but not least, remind yourself that you are not alone! Even the most successful writers will have gone through the same experience at some point in their careers. It might also be worth asking your friends, and family to cast their eyes over a sample chapter and give you some feedback. You can even ask your work colleagues or, if you're feeling especially brave, share it on your blog and social media channels and see what people think. A little collaboration goes a long way!
Writing takes a lot of commitment and dedication, but that joyful experience of holding your own book in your hands makes it all worthwhile.
Keep calm and write on!