Being a life coach (and now my writing coach, lol), she asked me simple questions and I came to a solution in five minutes. FIVE MINUTES!
I'm going to share with you what she asked me and I hope you can use these questions yourself if you are stuck!
(M = Mom / J = Me)
M: What is it that you really want to do?
J: I have no idea...(that's why I was complaining to her.)
M: Why haven't you been able to make a decision?
J: I still don't know...
M: What if you did know? What idea would you make?
J: I'd probably go with my idea even though it would be hard work. (which made me realize that the hard work made me halt my decision as well instead of it just being the fear of "what if it's a bad idea".)
M: How much would these changes raise the level of engagement from the reader?
J: Well, with the idea, Dani (my MC) would have to make a decision instead of being forced into it (<-- not gonna spoil what "it" is) which would help my readers "fall in love" with her, for lack of a better word.
M: Let's go back to the first question: What is it that you really want to do?
J: I want to go through with my idea.
M: How do you feel about editing now?
J: At ease.
M: What else?
J: More confident. Relief. Excitement.
M: How do you feel about your MC now?
J: Like she's more real. Relatable.
Mom empowered me to make a decision I haven't been able to make in months, which made me procrastinate on editing. I went back to editing, ready to make the hard, yet better, changes.
Have you had to make hard decisions for your writing? How did you come up with a solution?
Thanks for reading!