IWSG Day & Stuck, Stuck, Stuck

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Happy IWSG Day! Summer vacations will soon be coming to an end. School will be starting again soon. And we’re coming together again, sharing our writing ups and downs. Thanks for gathering us altogether is ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

And thanks to the awesome co-hosts posting today for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are: Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover,Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!

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So what’s going on with me this month?

I ended June in the beginning of writing chapter eight of the final Foreseen novella “With a Touch.”  Only to end up stuck write while I’m near the finish line. Can you believe that? So did I overcome my writing block? Did I finish writing my Foreseen novella romance series? Did I make the word count goal? Let’s see.

July 2018


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1  76 2  0 3  0 4  0 5  327 6  0 7  61
8  71 9  0 10  0 11  222 12  37 13   0 14   0
15   0 16  0 17  0 18  0 19  0 20  0 21  0
22  0 23  107 24  0 25  0 26  0 27  0 28  0
29  0 30  0 31  0

As you can tell by all the 0’s July was my worse writing month yet. July 1st was a late start writing day. I was binge reading series by author Sylvia McDaniel. Which continued from June, from The Burnett Brides to Lead and Lipstick series. Watched episodes of Criminal Minds on Netflix. Did laundry and cleaned out the cupboards to spray for ants. Then watched Luke Cage season two with my husband. But after he insisted I finished watching season one. Because he refused to watch season two without me. Imagine his surprise when he realized I never made it passed episode two of season one.

After that, for the next three days, I got stuck. I knew how I wanted the final chapters to start and end. But of course, like always, the middle tripped me up. I didn’t get through the block until Thursday night. So from the first week of July, I only managed to write three days out of seven.

By the second week of July I haven’t gotten anywhere so decided to go back to basics. Pen and paper. Which I didn’t get to start until later. I was on my feet since forever cooking for my company’s potluck on the thirteenth.

Then I entered a reading binge the mother of all reading binges. I was binge reading like it was 1999. I read Maya Banks’ McCabe Trilogy. Her The Montgomerys and Armstrongs series and her Anetakis Tycoons series. I read Kresley Cole’s MacCarick Brothers series. And Colleen Gleason’s Medieval Herb Garden series. Read Julie Garwood’s Highlands’ Lairds series. And finally read book two of her Lairds’ Fiancees series “The Wedding.” Have books eight through twelve of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series left to read. Why?

Because I’m stuck.


Stuck, stuck, stuck. I’ve had writing bumps and blockages before but nothing like this. I’m so stuck this blog post came out four hours later than it’s supposed to. I’m so stuck, with one chapter left including a bonus chapter length short to finish “Foreseen,” I’ve got nothing.

I need help getting unstuck so I can finally write the words ‘The End’ to this manuscript. Any suggestions?

Total word count in July to:

901 words.

Which brought my total 85K90 to date word count to:

Somewhere between 77,997 and 78,000 words!

So that leaves me with one to two chapters, a bonus short and at least ~7,000 words to go!

On another note, my “Foreseen” WIP has reached rank of #17 out of 560 stories in erotic romance on Wattpad!


And I added a few more pins to my secret Pinterest storyboard for my potential fantasy Hellsgate. Meet the merry creatures of Hellsgate (which is now looking at possibly being my NaNoWriMo 2018 novel):

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  1. Congrats on the ranking.

    As for getting unstuck, have you tried shifting focus off the thing you’re stuck on to a different side project? I know for me, the more I think and stress over being stuck, the harder it is to see where I need to go. Once I finally talk myself into shifting to something else, those other characters then get jealous and help me with the insight I’d been missing. Either way, good luck in getting to The End!

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    • Thanks Meka. I’ll try your suggestion. My latest story idea, “Hellsgate,” a young adult robin hood-esque fantasy has been on my mind a lot lately. Now, if only I can think up a better title for it.


    • LOL. And I still have to finish watching Sense8 too.

      Skipping might work. Could just jump ahead to the bonus short then come back to final chapter of the last novella.


  2. Have you heard of the book 90 days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet? It’s fantastic for getting unstuck. It gives you writing exercises to explore with your characters that won’t necessarily be in the book, but allows your mind to dabble with the senses, the dialogue and character interactions. It turned my own writing around. Happy IWSG Day 🙂

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  3. When I hit a writing roadblock it’s usually because my mind is simply overfilled with clutter. I have to take the time to clear my mind. Sometimes, it means setting my wip aside and concentrating my energy on other piece for awhile. Other times, I need a brief get-away – as in a long walk or hike outside, enjoying the fresh air, sunshine, and all mother nature offers. I’d suggest finding whatever works for you – clear your head of clutter – and then dive back in with fresh eyes & mind. You’ll work through it! Have a great weekend!

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    • Thanks for the suggestion Sandra. Although I feel a twinge of guilt, I’m finding myself more relaxed. The beginning stages of research and pre-plotting a new, different story is thrilling.


  4. Wow – only 7,000 words to “the end”? Awesome! I’m with Alex – maybe a “something happens here” and move on to the next scene, and backtrack at the end.

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  5. I second the “jumping projects”. I do it all the time and it keeps me moving. Then again, I suffer a bit from scatterbrain if I don’t have a deadline. I blame it on the five hundred different balls I have up in the air. Thank goodness for calendaring or I’d be a wreck!

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