I subscribe to a lot of writing newsletters and enjoy reading them all. I find the how-to's very helpful, most of the time.
I'm in a real writing slump right now. I usually have more ideas than time, but here lately, that's not been the case. I wouldn't exactly call it writer's block. I don't know what it is. I get an idea that I think sounds like a great idea and I sit down and do a little brainstorming. I might even go so far as to figure out character names, settings, POV, and all that... I might sit down and write a couple pages. But then something happens. I lose the thrill of it all. What sounded like the idea of the century yesterday sounds like the dumbest idea ever today.
Book ideas just aren't coming for me right now... and if they do, they're not very good ideas or they don't have staying power with me. Maybe it's my ADD-like tendencies. Maybe it's because my last book didn't sell so well, and I think I suck as a writer. I don't know what to think. I love writing, so that's not the problem. Is it my fear of failure? Is it because I'm being commitment shy -- you know don't want to start something now that will take several months to complete?
I wish I knew! I'm not ready to quit yet... but I sure wish I would get lucky like those people who dream about their next great writing project and they write it and it goes on to be an amazing, off-the-charts bestselling phenomenon.
Sigh... I'm fickle. Just like my taste in men. :)