That's right! It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for THE BIGGEST, and THE BEST bloghop for authors at any level!
This is the Insecure Writer's Support Group, and if you have not heard of it by now, you must be living in a shoebox.
Every month, the IWSG asks a question of the writing community and we either respond to that question or ask our own. Sometimes we offer up advice or just detail where we are in our writing journey.
This month's question is a doozy!! Ready? Here we go:
When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start?
Well, I can absolutely relate to both of these questions. I am currently stuck in the first. I have a story I started for NaNoWriMo and didn't finish, but it's very close to being done. But I hit a snag near the end. The story went in a different direction than I had actually plotted out!! I know, I know... I'm a pantser, I should have expected this, but it threw me. It really did. I didn't have an alternate ending planned out or even thought to have one. I was so thrown by this, I haven't looked at my MS since December.
It didn't help that I was trying to find a new place to live and was surrounded by packed boxes and a huge mess. But I do contribute all that to not being able to work at my issue.
I need a somewhat calm environment to write. I'll listen to music, I'll read through the story and try to find some loose ends to gather up and tie together to get to the end of the story. It's worked in the past, but not this time. I'll have to try again, soon, to finish the story and get it ready for the world.
For the second question... man, that is a tough one. Sometimes the story is still forming in the back of my mind. I will jot down notes, or try to remember them... (HA!) and once I feel I have a good beginning and ending, I'll get my BIC (Butt In Chair) and get moving. But even then, I'll get blocked and not really know how to start. That's when I go looking for some artwork that matches the story in my head and start writing some flash fiction about it. Sometimes, that's all I need to get moving. Other times, not so much.
There is all sorts of advice out there on how to get moving and get past the blocks of starting or even how to push through to the end if it gets tough writing, but everyone is different. Everyone will find their own way to get in the groove. And sometimes, it just means writing to the end to hit that finish line and clean it all up in editing. You'll find your clues within your story when you go back to it.
That's it for another month! Make sure to visit the IWSG page and hop over to all the participants and see what sort of advice suits you! Just click the picture below: