Part of the reason it's difficult is because I'm pretty much convinced that my story is a goner. I'm not exactly happy with what I'm writing - the prose is pretty atrocious, the characterization is lackluster, the plot is nonexistent - and my goal right now is to finish it and then abandon it. Well, to be honest I don't really intend to abandon it; I plan to use this story as a jumping off point for future novels. I'll use the office scenes in one novel, the family scenes in another, one of the minor characters will be the protagonist in another story, and so on. This story will provide me with enough material for judicious use in at least three more novels. The finished product will also be good for motivation purposes; I have trouble finishing what I begin, and this will help me move past that. Or so I hope.
Like so much in life, I need to just buckle down and make myself put up or shut up. Fortunately, I totally just convinced myself to write. Thanks, LiveJournal! You're so persuasive.