Writing to the End-IWSG June 1

Hello Fellow Writers

How’s the writing going? I love the first Wednesday of every month when I take an overview of my writing journey, thanks to the wonderful Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) started by the Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. He explains the beginning and purpose of the group in this comprehensive post here.

I joined the IWSG in December 2019, when Susan Rouchard, one of my first friends in the writing world introduced me to the group. Ever since, I’ve tried to post regularly, and also be a part of WEP by Denise Covey, which is a great place to flex your writing muscles. Of course, I miss Susan who has been absent from writing for a while now. Sometimes, people we meet online, disappear and we keep wondering about them. I did that too, when I abandoned two of my social media accounts. Do you think anyone on those platforms tried looking for me? Did they care enough? I know of Jack Gilbert, from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Big Magic’ who never cared about being known. He would disappear because he didn’t want to be distracted by commotion and found fame boring. Of course, I’m nowhere close to him (haha) but when I think about him, I feel that to be non-existent must be more exciting than to be known. Or, am I thinking too much? Well, I just hope Susan too disappeared because she found ‘being known’ boring. And that, she is working on her wonderful poetry somewhere in silence.

I got carried away. So, I’ve been a little relaxed in exploring the IWSG, which I’m going to start doing now. It’s a wonderful resource for writers. In the latest newsletter I found this fun writing advice by Pat Hatt, titled ‘Poke a Hole in Your Bucket’, should you want to check it out.

Every month, the IWSG gives us a question to ponder upon. The question for June 1 is,

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?

I am not sure how qualified I am to answer this. Because my very first WIP whose first draft I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2021 has been calling out to me, and I’m, well, procrastinating. Telling myself that I need more research, and that the characters need some time off. After reading the above question, I’m only thinking I’ve been postponing the whole thing and giving myself lame excuses for it (like learning how to work on Scrivener). But this doesn’t happen with my short stories or poems. I’m always excited to reach the end. Do you think it’s the fear of handling a longer manuscript? I think this question today has made me ponder over the delay, and might just be the lease of life the manuscript needs.

What about you? How do you deal with such an impasse? Do tell me in the comments below. It might just be the light at the end of the tunnel for me.

The awesome co-hosts for today are  SE White, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray! Do visit them and show some love.

‘This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.’ 

47 thoughts on “Writing to the End-IWSG June 1”

  1. Procrastination should be my middle name, my better-half often makes this comment whenever he will see me giving excuses for finishing any writing project. I do not how to explain this, but my words often follow at such odd hours and then the urge to write them or sleep for a peaceful morning becomes my forever battle of thoughts 🙂

  2. I understand how bothersome mental blocks can be but sometimes, maybe, we should let things happen and go with the flow. Very well written

  3. I’ve procrastinated writing a book for years and when I finally managed a draft, I’m sitting on it and not sending it out to publish. I know how bothersome mental blocks can be but sometimes, maybe, we should let things flow. All in good time?

  4. Never worked on a book. But when I do encounter a creative block, I just take a break. Work on something else, or better still, go for a walk to clear my head.

  5. I can’t answer your question because I am not an author. You can’t push creativity. It only works when you are ready.

  6. I have never attempted to write a book but whenever I reach an impasse in trying new recipes for my blog I participate in blog challenges and become a part of blogger groups that encourage to continue writing.

  7. I wish I had the answer to this question Sonia… I have left a book I have been attempting to write incomplete since before covid. I Haven’t even opened that folder. I finish short stories, poems and writeups faster as I am a spontaneous writer.

  8. I always feel like there’s something more important to do than writing. I keep putting it off for sure. Somehow the post two months have been particularly good for my writing! Thanks for the intro to the writers group. Looks interesting!

  9. Writing to the end is an art of keeping your readers engrossed in whatever you are sharing, I wouldn’t just want to end a blog because I dunno what the ending should be, I rather take a while off and think of an outstanding ending than have put something where my readers might actually complain about.

  10. I’ve been blogging since 2014, I had a different blog then. But then time changed. Now I can’t post everyday and I face writers block a lot these days. You’ve been an inspiration to me. You write so well.

  11. Blogging is my favorite platform where I can meet such intelligent blogger and great human being. I do try to write whatever comes in my mind but many time slips a good content. When I actually write on a blog I tend to re- read until I find it good enough.

  12. I like you sharing the post about poking holes in buckets, thank you! The IWSG is packed full of so much good advice, it’s sometimes hard to catch all of it. So I like that you’re looking out for us and including posts so we can find them.

  13. Damyanti Biswas

    I use a lot of techniques to move past the block at time, but I think you can always shift from one activity to another to trick the brain into thinking it has succeeded at blocking and then shift back when you feel ready 🙂

  14. My husband thinks I sit on the lappy and blog for 18 hours a day! I asked him to sit and count properly next time! I’ve been waiting to get some free time to write a book like for 2 years now! Let’s see!

  15. Hi Sonia. Yes, writing is a struggle at times. And I miss Susan, too. I’ve been blogging since 2007 so you can imagine how many friends have slipped through my fingers. I miss them!! But life gets in the way of writing, too. And I’m more a fan of blogging than other social media. Make closer contacts. (I’d be happy to read through your novel if you want.)

      1. Writing a book is different from writing poems. I rarely get stuck but if I don’t like what I have written (which happens pretty often), I take a break and come back later to it… rewriting some parts or completely abandoning the draft and writing something new.

  16. I tend to skip around in my writing when I reach an impasse. I’ll write a scene that I know will occur later on, and that I’m more excited to write. That helps to motivate me to eventually connect all of the pieces together. I’m not sure if that will be a helpful process for everyone, but it’s worked really well for me, and I’ve recommended it to some of my students, who have seen success with it to varying degrees. Best of luck with your writing!

  17. I just get down a couple of sentences. That gets me started and usually it evolves to more. Sometimes nothing comes so I just write about what I am thinking about.

  18. I’ve had a few friends disappear online too. And I wonder about them often. Sometimes it makes me wish I were a detective so I’d have the resources to track them down. But then maybe they don’t want to be found. I will check out Pat’s blog. Have a great day, Sonia.

  19. Lately, I found working with a longer form, like a novel, unattractive. I’m drawn to the shorter format: short stories and novellas. I feel them much more manageable.

  20. It’s sometimes really difficult to find the root cause. Sometimes it’s a need to learn something, sometimes it’s that the subconscious hasn’t worked it out yet, and sometimes it’s fear. Or at least, that’s me. 🙂
    My natural instinct is for longer works. I was terrified of writing flash and short fiction for a long time, but once I dug in, I found it to be fun – and a nice switch when my brain needs a break!

    1. No wonder Jemi you get books out one after another. Actually, sometimes it’s hard to pin down one single reason. It could be a combination of many things.

  21. I have a thought that may work for you. Try looking at each chapter as a short story since you can manage them already. Fingers crossed that works for you.

    One other thing. There are a thousand reasons why we do not do a thing and one reason why we should… Make it a big one. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  22. C. Lee McKenzie

    I suppose we each must find our place in this writing world. I find writing short a challenge, and I can’t seem to write longer than 80K. I guess I’m a mid-length kind of writer. I’m so glad you’re in IWSG and are enjoying the experience.

  23. A novel is a HUGE project. If you’re having trouble because you’re intimidated by the sheer size of it, try writing in scenes – either in order or out of order. Think of them like a deck of cards that eventually will fall into a progression.

  24. Enjoyed reading your words and knowing what you’re up to, Sonia. I wish I could help but that would be like the blind leading the blind.
    Mine has been revised and redone a few times but it’s not working. It’s the intro. Not grabbing enough. Phew!
    All the best to you. Blessings.

  25. I research as I go on what I need to know about. I’ve found just asking myself to write for 30 minutes a day four to five days a week has worked for me. I start by revising what I wrote the day before because I like revising better. Then I write. It works for me. Hope you get to your manuscript soon.

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