I have worked on and off of a YA Urban Fantasy novel for more than three years, and I finally finished it. I should have finished a couple years ago, but I would get to a certain point and not know where the story should go, so I set it down for a couple of days. Unfortunately, a couple of days usually turned into a couple of months. I would start working on it again until I got stuck, and the pattern repeated several times. I learned that I need to be more disciplined in my writing even when I get stuck. I discovered that when "writer's block" occurs, I need to go back and start revising and editing what I have already written. Another discover I made was that when I would take the time to go back and revise what I had written to the point that I was uncertain where the story should go, I usually gained insight from my muse by that time to push forward and get back into the flow.
I have submitted the novel to an independent publisher, so now I need to wait a few weeks to see if it will be accepted. I think that the novel fits into what the publisher is looking for in its publications of romance, YA, fantasy, and other related stories. If not accepted, I will keep searching for a publisher that will accept it. In the meantime, I will start working on the sequel. I concluded the book, but I left an open door for the story to continue.
I will keep you updated on the progress of the book and its sequel.