Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My October Writing Hurdles

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Over the past year, I’ve been simultaneously working on two different manuscripts . This may not seem like the smartest thing for a slow writer like me to do, but it’s what works for me. Whenever I get stuck on one story, I simply jump to the other for a while and continue on. It’s amazing what a little time away from a story can do to jumpstart the creative juices again.

Unfortunately, I’ve spent much of October being stuck on both stories, and progress has been slow. I’ve kept myself somewhat productive by sprucing up earlier chapters for submission to my critique groups, but that only works for so long. The multitasker in me is suggesting I work on yet a third manuscript that’s sitting at the bottom of my drawer, but I refuse to go there. I’d just be avoiding the issue instead of meeting the challenge head on. I’ve resolved to hammer away at both manuscripts until I make a break-though in at least one of them.

So far, though, that hasn’t happened, which I find doubly annoying since October is my favorite month, the time of year when I’m most charged up to write.

But I still have three more days before the month’s over, so wish me luck.



  1. Good luck! You can make good progress in 3 days!

    I'm one of those people who works on multiple projects at once. Right now, I'm stuck in backstory world, which readers will never see! At least I've got the monster motivations down now. :D

  2. You can still get a lot done in three days. Maybe skip ahead in one of those stories?

  3. Yeah, write like mad! Good luck for the rest of the month. ;)

  4. I can tell you from experience adding a third manuscript doesn't work. I have three, starting 15 years ago. I'm now finishing them one at a time so I can get a fresh start!

  5. You've had a rough couple months in your personal life. Once you get your equilibrium back, you'll be inspired to write again.

  6. I also jump back and forth between manuscripts when I'm having trouble. I haven't made much progress this month, but I'm hoping for better in November.