I haven't written a word on my novel in nearly four weeks. Oh, I've thought about said novel. I've written down twists and places that need reformatting. But I have yet to tackle the dreaded scene that haunts me.

I got hung up on POV based on some comments from a critique group. Now, all I can see is POV. I can no longer see the story.

Then, I started a new job. I work weird hours, but the character generation potential is awesome. I broke a tooth, and I mourn the loss of Cape Cod Veggie Tortilla chips and pineapple/peach salsa. I piddle with rearranging furniture and searching for odds and ends in the closet to have something appropriate to wear to work (men have it so easy with a tie and black slacks).

But it's all excuses. I need to sit my butt down and write. I was really going when I was with a critique group in SPFDMO. But then I moved and got with an online group that didn't quite do it for me. I miss the interaction with other writers - in person, with java and chocolate and sushi afterward. I'm feeling deprived.

Still, not an excuse.

So guys, kick me in the patootie and get me in gear again. This thriller ain't gonna write itself.

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Comment by Jennie Bentley/Bente Gallagher on June 7, 2007 at 8:17am
I could have written that post... It hasn't been four weeks, exactly, but it's been a while. And it's not POV I'm hung up on, but I'm hung up nonetheless. Between the kids (on summer break) and the day-job and the husband and the housework... yep, I've got plenty of excuses, too. Plus a deadline. And a scene I don't know how to resolve. So I know what you're going through. Unfortunately, I don't have a clue how to kick-start anybody, including myself, so I can't really help you, but you know how it is... misery loves company. Maybe we can make a deal. I'll promise to write at least 500 words tonight if you'll do the same thing. Then we can check in with each other tomorrow, just to add some accountability to the equation. Whatcha think? Thanks for inviting me to be your friend, by the way!

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