Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Finish what?

Today is the half-way point of the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo. And I'm stuck.

So stuck.

I feel like I've got in a cycle of starting a book, pushing forward for a little bit, and then giving up. I can't find motivation, whether trying to plan it or write by the seat of my pants. I can't finish it. Do you ever struggle with finishing a novel? I know it sometimes takes people years to finish a first draft, but I'm usually a quick drafter. The last few months, nope. Writing is like trying to iron curled up pants, like Shemp from the Three Stooges. Ouch!

How do you find motivation to write when you can't make it past the fourth chapter or second chapter? I'm beginning to think that the novel I'm working on just might not be right for me. So I might give up on it. For a while and maybe come back to it.

I started a different novel today. One with no name, but about a girl named Lena and a boy named Kayson. Both are part of a group of misfits that has been cursed with different magical gifts and are being pursued by the government that has taken over. I have no idea if this is the novel I'll finish the first draft of, but maybe.

I think I'm a little stuck because I'm trying very hard to get a previous novel published. I don't want to give up on it, but I'm having trouble getting my focus on a new book.

Yeah, I'm a bit all over the place with my writing lately. Any suggestions?


  1. I often follow Anne Lamott's tiny picture frame rule, where she only writes short scenes or parts of scenes at a time, even something brief like a conversation between two people. The hardest part, for me, is to start writing, so the tiny picture frame prompt often helps. Another thing that helps is to take a walk outside or sit in a cafe and write down anything funny/interesting/weird. Even if I don't use it in the story, at least it helps me start writing again.

  2. Sometimes getting away from it for just a few days helps me. I go shopping or take a day trip to a small community. Then when I pull it out I can pinpoint where it all went wrong.