I'd say ask anybody who's ever read one of my fics, but I'm not entirely sure a lot of people have so you might be looking a while.
But ask and you'll discover I have the same symptoms as many people - I have a short attention span, love writing new stories, and am pretty much a dunce and dweeb at updating and keeping the story going. I've got three stories posted here right now (I think...it could just be two) and all I can say is that I've given up plotting for one of them because the next chapter I write never follows the line anyways and I've given up on the other when I made it to the seventy sixth chapter plot wise and somehow managed to not only not be done with it, but have spawned five other stories of equal potential length. I've never wanted to shove my head in a microwave (while it's off, of course) more.
My problem isn't coming up with material to write about, it's just keeping the flow going. Usually I get the most writing done within the first month or two but by then I've usually managed to get sidetracked by another idea. Also, I rely heavily on music for inspiration and there are periods in time when the song I was using for a particular scene will suddenly fall flat. On days like that I can't write for fear of screwing it up.
But this isn't really a 'My Fears and Failures' post for me. Mostly it's just a reassurance to people who don't think they're good enough.
Here's the truth: we all suck.
Ask yourself this: do you really think everybody in the world really gives a crap about the story you're writing in your basement/at school/at work/in your bedroom/wherever?
Answer: 'Course not. We Roswellians/Writers in general are a sadly forgotten or misplaced lot for the most part.
Next question: (Gee thanks for your wonderful words of wisdom, AS) What the hell is wrong with me? Why would I post something that gawdawful depressing? Am I really that big of a bitch?
Answer: While the bitch-factor can be called into question at times, the truth of the matter is no, I'm not being mean. I'm actually being quite nice. Wanna know why?
Because when you realize that grand sum total of people who don't give a shit far outweighs the number that do, you come to the unique and wonderful realization that you don't give a shit about them either. Ain't life grand like that?
Seriously, though, you want a great how-to guide for writing of any sort, I'd recommend Steven King's 'On Writing'. In all his profound wisdom, the most truthful statement I've ever come across for writing comes from him.
Writing is a selfish endeavor. We don't (and shouldn't) write because we want to give something to someone, we should write because we have this great and wonderful idea that's itching to escape the brain via the fingers (or hands in general and, on occassion, mouth) and that initial bought of inspiration is like the only candle in a room of darkness: hoard the damn thing. Keep it for yourself, feed it, watch it grow, and when you're finished, if you feel like it, share it.
I don't know if this is particularly helpful for anybody, but it's just a reminder of sorts for myself. I never started writing because I wanted to become famous or I wanted recognition: I started writing because I love to write. Sure, with anything you love it's going to have its ups and downs, but it's always there, waiting for you to come back.
All you gotta do is write.
When Eve ate the apple, her knowledge increased, but God liked dumb women, so paradise ceased.
~Faking It by Jennifer Cruisie