Reading M.J's post about not being able to get started made me think of my inability to climb out of an exceptionally deep hole I dug for myself.
When I work on my "normal" contemporary/literary pieces, I can generally manage even after a rough start or a break of sorts. The ideas start coming, although usually at the worst of times (like during a meeting at the office...), and once I know where I want the story to go, the words keep coming. This could be a full-length work (admittedly, I am only on my second) or, more often, a short story.
But when I switch genres and (try to) write a piece of YA, more often than not, I fail. First, I think I have a genius plot or an unusual idea, but once I start writing it all goes up in smoke. My characters, the settings, the voice - everything.
Yet I keep going back to writing YA because I like reading it, and because I like a good challenge.
Well, I'll let you know when I finish my current YA short - or not....