"The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, hosted by Alex Cavanaugh.
"Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!"
Is there any other kind of writer than the insecure? I think not. This is my first Insecure Wednesday, and I'm in good company with almost 300 other writers participating.
My writing problem this month: end stage ennui. Ironically, it was not too long ago that I was telling a fellow writer that I didn't have problems trailing my feet (fingers, whatever) at the end of a manuscript. It was in the middle where I typically had problems. But lately I've found myself stymied with the final 7,000 words or so of my WIP. I've used an outline this time around, which helped tremendously through the body of the manuscript. Since my recent reluctance began, I even re-outlined the ending. But it's just not happening.
Usually when I get stuck for a few days, it means that there's something wrong with the manuscript. I had a character do something implausible, or the plot is going in a different direction than it needs too. But with this manuscript, I don't think I'm stymied because of a problem with the ending. I think I'm struggling with finishing before I revise. I've never written this way before, and it's taken a lot of self-discipline. But not revising the first draft while writing has resulted in much greater output.