Besides my tendency to procrastinate and trying to fight my inner editor in the middle of writing?
I struggle with descriptions. I’d rather draw my settings than describe the hills and forests, what my character is wearing (I know nothing about clothes at all), or whatever smell is there. I mean, I know too much detail is bad, but I just have trouble adding a shade of purple in my prose.
Fortunately, simple is best for the current POV I’m writing, but it’s something I can improve upon. Maybe writing in second and third person POV too, now that I think about it. I default to first person usually.
The other thing I want to work on is developing new characters, (especially adults ) since I need a fairly big cast of supporting characters. Most of my current characters are developed enough that they can talk in my head all day, but it takes me weeks or months to warm up to a new character that might only appear for a chapter or two (especially if they have a different personality from what I usually write).
I also have problems with outlining. I’m getting better, but I figured that I work better as a plantser. As much as I want to outline in detail, knowing every detail actually sucks the fun out of writing it for me.
Oh, and names. Has anyone even mentioned naming stuff yet? I can’t write or develop a character at all if they don’t even have a placeholder name. I suck at names, although for some reason nicknames are no problem for me. I think all my characters have at least one. I don’t care if it’s silly or stupid, everyone gets one.