Wednesday, April 3, 2019

And We All Sang Out of Tune with Tremendous Joy

Welcome one and all to another meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group - where neurosis and indecision; procrastination and fumbling are celebrated! After all we are human beings, though we often mistake ourselves for human doings. If you wish to belong to this group of hardy self-flagellates hit the link button above and sign up. You'll be glad you did!

If you are new here - I usually post on the first Wednesday of every month so as to keep my status as an insecure writer. I'm also on Sojourner in Nova Scotia where I post weekly. I do love my writing peeps though - even if I quit writing for good (which as a fully operative neurotic I often feel like doing) I will keep coming back here to see how others are doing. 

Here is this month's optional question: If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)

Right now the answer to that is so easy - please please please help me with the end of my WIP. It is a mystery and I know who done it and why but I can't make it work out on the page. I have End block. I have no problem with any other part of it. I mean it needs further drafts but I'm not doing those until I figure out the right (write) ending. I've run up to it, I've crept up on it, I've circled it, I've turned my back on it - but nada. No budging will it do. It remains hidden from my mind. So I paint trees instead.

As to the title of this post - well, it just came to me. I love it. I may write a new novel with that as the title. That'll show Crooked Knife who is boss!

On other writing related news I've been sending out a shite-load of poems to literary journals and chap-book publishers. Nothing moving yet but at least I'm back in the game. 

How about you all - where do you get stuck and desire a little magic assistance?

And I'm including a tree painting for those of you who care...


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I love the trees!

Endings are tough. They're exactly what I'd ask for help with, too.

Is it the kind of mystery where you can put your sleuth in danger at the end and then get her out of it? Have the sleuth tell the police how she figured it all out after the bad guy/girl gets arrested? If the sleuth is police, it might be trickier.

Margot Kinberg said...

You know, I think for me, my wish would be getting through the middle of mine, with some 'spark.' I'm working on it, but it's not easy. I wish you well with the ending of yours, Jan.

Jan Morrison said...

Hello dear Elizabeth and dear Margot!
Unfortunately my sleuth is the police! But I did think she could be in danger - well, she is definitely in danger as she has been pushing the bad guys quite boldly. Ugh! And Margot - I know what you mean about middles too. Beginnings I love!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Good luck figuring out your ending. I only have a general idea how mine goes but thankfully I've got at least half a draft to figure it out.

Liza said...

I love your painting. As for your ending, maybe you DO want to give it a break. Maybe if you focus on something else for a bit, the ending will creep up on of those "aha moments" in the middle of the night or while taking a shower. Either way, please keep going!