Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hitting the Wall with Guest Blogger Mia Ross

Hitting the Wall...

Good morning, Seekerville! Mia Ross here with a high five for all those brave souls tackling Speedbo this month. I chickened out this year, so I admire your dedication :)

But for right now, take your hands off the keyboard, stretch out those weary fingers, and relax for a few minutes. I know you've got a writing goal for today, and I promise not to mess up your schedule too much. For those of you who are on target--fantastic! You don't need any help from me. But if you're not quite on track, this post is for you.

You see, I've been there. In truth, I get there with every book because I'm an unapologetic pantser. I have to write a synopsis ahead of time for my editor, but beyond that I don't have a strategy. My creative self just doesn't respond well to outlines, storyboards, and character sketches. Anything resembling planning sends my muse into hiding, because she likes to do things HER way. Now, that doesn't mean she runs the show, but when I try to force things, the story falls apart and I--yes---hit a wall. Not just any wall, but one that's way taller than me, extending out into the fog so I can't see where it ends.

Folks much smarter than me recommend writing through a block, others suggest taking some time off to reset. The problem is, if you're trying to write a book in a month, you don't have the luxury of taking even a day off. This is actually great practice for later on when you have an editor waiting for your next book so she can get it into production for its release date. If you can learn to handle this kind of problem now, later on you'll know which approach works for you.

Me, I can't go through a wall, because if I could I wouldn't have hit it in the first place. I've tried digging under it, but that gets messy :) What works for me is to skirt around it. If you're in a bad spot, leave yourself a note and move ahead in the story. When you get farther on, it may become obvious what's not working and you can go back to fill in the trouble spot. Or you may decide the block came from a thread that doesn't fit the way you thought it would--or where you thought it would.

If you're still frazzled, that's okay. Spinning stories out of thin air is fun, but it's not easy, and you're bound to run into obstacles now and then. Remember: the point of Speedbo--or any writing for that matter--is to end up with a DRAFT, not a polished manuscript. The important thing is to get the story down, not sweat every little detail. So put aside the knot for now and start edging along that wall. Chances are, it's not as wide as you thought :)

Today, I'm giving away 3 copies of A Place for Family, the final book in my Sawyers series. It's my fourth novel for Love Inspired, which proves you can hit lots of walls and still keep on truckin'. 

Speedbo Prizes Listed Here.


  1. Welcome Mia! Thank you SO much for this post--exactly what I needed. Thankfully I am on target with my SpeedBo goal, but I needed the reminder that this is a DRAFT--because I keep wanting to go back and "fix things" LOL. So your reminder to go ahead and get the story down is the nudge I needed at this point (so I can STAY on target since March is flying by!).

    ~ Congratulations on your writing career (Love Inspired books are wonderful!). Please put my name in your book drawing, and thank you again for this post.

    Please enjoy the Georgia Peach muffins I baked earlier (when I took a little break from SpeedBo).
    Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

  2. Good advice, Mia.

    You confirmed something for me.

    This linear old bird did something she never does. Got in a bad spot (secondary characters were hijacking the story) and moved ahead.

    Now I'm almost to the end of the story and having clearer thoughts about how to fix the bad spot.

    Loved Hometown Family and Circle of Family. Looking forward to reading more.

    Coffee pot is brewing.


  3. Hi Mia:

    I like your idea of out flanking the wall. By just moving on with the story you can experience how a reader feels when she lacks sufficient backstory to fully understand the current situation. If a reader can paste a backstory together from hints dropped along the way, then why not the author? In fiction causality works both forwards and backwards. What you do later in a novel actually effects what happened earlier. I would think this experience would move you closer to your readers and help produce a more enjoyable reading experience. I like it.

    I’m looking forward to reading your new book. Thanks.


  4. Wow, I didn't now this was your fourth! Congratulations!!

    When I get stuck, I have to dig under, dismantle, destroy, backtrack, and delete. If I try to write ahead, I'm so lost, I want to scrap it all.

    But I have a crit partner (waving to Julie!) who can skip over and write a few scenes ahead, then come back.

    Like Helen said, sometimes I do see holes better from farther ahead (that old 20/20 hindsight vision!) so this post makes a lot of sense.

    And yes, Speedbo. I'm behind. I admit it. But the last few days have been good catch up. Yay!

  5. Great post Mia. I hit a lot of walls in a lot of things so this was a good pep talk for me.

    Would love to win your new book.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  6. Good morning, Mia. Since I'm working Ruthy hours this morning, my brain feels a little like that fog picture. Right now I'm feeling my way through, waiting for the caffeine to kick in.

    Thanks for the tips. When I hit that wall, I tend to start writing my way through it by playing What If on the page. It's almost like a running conversation with myself as I explore possibilities.

    Thanks for posting. I'd love to be in the drawing for your book.

  7. I'm writing that down..."Don't sweat every little detail."

    I'll try. I'm not on target, but I've got 10 days left. I have to work this weekend, but DH is leaving town for business for a few no cooking. I might be able to do this if I quit sweating the little details.

    Thanks for the encouragement!


  8. When I hit a wall, I go to a different part of the story (easy for me since I'm not especially "linear"). Then I come back, and by then my subconscious has usually figured out something for the blocked scene. It's a patchwork way of doing things, but works for me. I don't believe in "inspiration," and my schedule doesn't allow for being linear. I have to do scenes as they come and weave them together. Not perfect but all I got. :) Four chapters to go. Having some digestive problems so no peach muffins or second cup of coffee, but it's good to be here.
    Seekers: what I'd love to see in the blogs or guest blogs is a piece on conversion scenes. Mine are pretty lame. If you've already done this, I'll try to find it in the archives.
    Enter me in the drawing, love to win a book!
    Kathy Bailey
    Pre-pubbed in New Hampshire

  9. Hi Mia! When am I going to meet you, neighbor?

    I am not sure I ever hit a wall or... I'm not sure I recognize it as such. I've learned to work my way around spots that aren't coming easily.

    My 'wall' is being emotionally separated from my characters. It takes me a good long time to really get into their heads and even longer into their hearts. When I am living the emotion and struggles, it's hard to stop and hopefully that's where we all are in our Speedbo.

    But if life has pulled me to far back to reality or I've switched stories, 'the wall' for me is finding my way back to the emotions.

    This is why I am a firm believer in Speedbo and NaNoWriMo.

    Even then I don't get the emotions where I want them and so there is revision numbers one through twenty one.

    I've said it often enough here -
    don't ever get stuck on a word or a phrase. Just replace it with the word SOMETHING and move on.
    I tip my hat to all of you who can write in a kitchen full of noisy kids and hungry husbands...

  10. Great post, Mia! I like your idea of skirting around a wall. I tend to dig and back up and ram into it. Which doesn't usually work! So thanks for reminding me that I can leave myself a note and keep going.

    I hope everyone has a great day!

  11. Wow--folks have gotten an early start today! It's great to see you all here, enjoying CatMom's muffins and Helen's coffee :)

    CATMOM: I'm glad you're on board with the draft concept. It'll help you get to The End before you pull out too much hair!

    HELEN: Good for you, moving ahead that way! I'm so glad it helped.

    VINCE: I hadn't thought of readers doing that, but you're right.

    VIRGINIA: It's good to hear you're making up ground for Speedbo. Keep on plugging!

    CINDY W: You're right--walls pop up in lots of inconvenient places. Happy to help!

    MARY CURRY: What-if is a great way to work through a plot snarl. Good for you!

    JACKIE: Absolutely no detail sweating! That's what revisions are for :)

    KAYBEE: Everyone has a different process, and it's great that you've found yours. I'm not sure what you mean by a conversion scene, but if you explain I'll try to come up with a fairly coherent answer :)

    DEBRA: I know--right? Someday we'll drag Ruthy out somewhere and all get acquainted :) It takes me awhile to get to know my characters, too, but forging ahead always seems to fill in the blanks for me. Reminding yourself you can always go back and tweak things makes it easier to keep going :)

    ROSE: Thanks!

    MISSY: Whatever you do works just fine, so I wouldn't change a thing :)

  12. Mia, this is good advice even for us plotters. :) Especially when I'm writing my first draft, if I find a scene isn't working, I mark it on my outline and come back to it later.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, from a Pantster to a Plotter. :)

  13. Good morning, Mia. Great advice! When I'm not under a crunch to stick to one story, when I hit a wall I'll switch to a different novel I'm working on and then come back to the previous one...

    However, I'm focused on one novel right now so when I hit a wall I either brainstorm with a friend or two - OR I do what you suggested: JUMP AHEAD a little to a scene that I've been waiting with anticipation to write ;-)Thanks for the reminder and encouragement!!


    AH ... THE WALL!! I remember it well, too well, to be exact, and it can leave some unsightly bruises if you bang your head against it enough, which I've been known to do!!

    EXCELLENT advice, especially the "skirting around the wall" tip, which really does work, although I'm just stubborn enough not to employ it near enough.

    What I have found works the best for me is the treadmill with worship music. For me, mix a few endorphins with a lot of prayer, and BINGO!! A door opens in that blasted well, letting some light and ideas through, even if it's just a glimmer. It works SO well, in fact, that when I am nose-to-nose with plaster, my hubby tells me to go downstairs and work out. Can't figure out if he's trying to help me or get rid of me ...

    Hey, whatever works, right?


  15. Hi Mia, great advice. I'm learning this the hard way. Wasted nearly a week of Speedbo ramming my head into that wall over and over and over again. (I'm a slow learner!) Finally I stomped off and wrote another scene -- one that I still don't know quite where to fit in -- but voila it worked. It got me motoring again.

    I've made up a kind of timeline on my wall -- extends down my hallway now. But it's broken up by chapters instead of years and now I slap a sticky note with scene ideas, converstaion bits, plot pieces, etc in the approximate area -- and that includes backtracking scenes that I suddenly discover I'll need. I'm hoping this will help me not lose any story threads as I keep on writing ahead instead of fixing up what's behind.

    And don't enter me in the draw because I have A Place For Family. Read it and LOVE the Sawyer family. I'm kind of sad they are all married off now.

  16. Wonderful advice, Mia! Thanks for being our guest in Seekerville today!

    Oh, fun, another confirmed "pantser"! We are an interesting breed, aren't we?

    VINCE, you are so on target about dropping "backstory breadcrumbs" for ourselves. I'm just past halfway through my wip draft, and my heroine still hasn't told me everything about herself! Just when I think I know what her secret is, she shuts up and shuffles me off to the next scene and a different POV character.

    What is with that woman?????

    I have lost control. Totally. Talk about ramming my head against a wall!

  17. I've printed out my story two times, trying to fix things. Yesterday I finally told myself to leave it alone and write. Finish the draft, then you can fix it.

    I think that's the hard part for me because I'm so use to fixing as I write. It also is the reason I probably never think a book is finish because I'm always fixing it.

    I'm moving into the fog and hopefully will see some light.

  18. Thanks for the timely post, Mia! Congratulations on the release of your fourth novel!!

    When I get blocked, I've lost my way and need to look at the hero and heroine's Goals, Motivations and Conflicts and their strengths and weaknesses. It also helps to talk to my critique partners and read the story from the beginning.

    Hopeing those doing SpeedBo are unstuck and getting those words on the page!


  19. I am a lot like you, Mia! I don't like to do too much planning before I start writing. And I really hate writing a synopsis for that very reason. Ugh. After I write the synopsis, I basically have to forget about it. LOL!

    I am not doing too well with SpeedBo this month. Maybe it's the anti-planner in me. I don't know. I'm not having a BAD month, just not a GREAT month.

  20. I usually write through the block. Like all good confirmed pantsers I never know what's coming up anyway so it's fun to find out. Sometimes when I see what brilliant idea came out of nothing I am amazed. So glad I am not at the helm on this!

  21. Good morning Seekerville!@!!!

    Don't forget to let us know if you want a critique.

    Mia, your new book looks wonderful!

  22. JEANNE T: Pantster, plotter--as long as the book gets written, that's the important thing ;)

    PEPPER: Wow, you're good! I can only keep track of one project at a time.

    JULIE: Thanks for the big welcome! It's always fun to come in and hang out for a while. Your exercise and prayer routine sounds like a winner :)

    KAV: Would you like a job as my publicist? Seriously, though, I like your timeline, especially since you can re-order scenes as you go. Great idea!

    MYRA: You mean you're actually in control of your characters? How do you DO that?

    LASHAUNDA: Good for you! If you want to share that story with other people, you'll have to call it done at some point. The good news is then you get to move on to the next one :)

    JANET: Great suggestion! Thanks for making it clear enough for the rest of us to follow.

    MELANIE: To me, whatever progress you're making is better than none at all. Hang in there!

    CINDY R: Good for you! Get that story down and fix the details later :)

  23. Just to clarify for everyone: the critique is NOT from me. Trust me, you're better off with someone who knows what they're doing ;)

  24. Hi everyone! Thanks Helen for the coffee! What do we do when you're not here? And Vince, I guess next time I have to piece a story I am reading together from hints, I will read it with thankfulness that the author left the hints, instead of being frustrated!
    Great post and comments as always

    Marianne. mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

  25. Hi Mia! Congrats on book #4!

    I hit walls regularly. Every day this week, so far :)

    I take a break - get some chocolate - walk the dog - and then sit down again and try the scene from a new angle. Maybe I need to use a different POV character, or maybe this scene doesn't need to be in the story at all, or maybe I need to shoot someone (although, that usually doesn't apply in Amish fiction).

    Thanks for the inspiration this morning!

  26. I dropped in just after I passed 59K. I had hit a wall and Speedbo got me back on track.

    Why do we always stop ourselves??? And, thank God, we are sent help to get us started again.

    Thanks so much for your post.

    Peace, Julie

  27. Mia, welcome to SEEKERVILLE.

    One thing I do to get past a wall is juggle.
    I lay awake (thank You Insomnia) and flip ideas around in the air.
    How do I do this scene I want to write tomorrow. What if this, what if that.

    I imagine juggling balls.
    The novella I'm working on now.
    Do first aid on the man she almost killed at the site of the accident.
    Rig a travois and take him home.
    Care for him herself.
    Run for a doctor.
    Shoot in the air for help.
    I need to change the landscape so she can do this or NOT do that. Maybe I even need to move the whole book.

    I just toss ideas until one lands in my invisible deft juggling hands that appeals to me.
    It makes me feel powerful manipulating lives as if:

  28. Another thing is, like you said, Write Through the Wall, but it helps me to give myself permission to write it BADLY. When you say just leave it, well, I may not do that but I may invision and incredibly crucial, climactic scene and just not feel able to do it well, so I'll write a paragraph or two or three, saying what I want to accomplish in this scene, then go on.
    Or more likely, write it badly, then start tweaking and lengthening and adding movement and dialogue and comedy and scene setting.

  29. MARIANNE: Thanks so much for coming by. I always get great ideas here, too.

    JAN: A change of scenery can work wonders!

    MARY C: Love your juggling description. My brain doesn't like to switch off at night, and I think this is what it's doing. Maybe this means I'm not crazy ;)

  30. Hi Myra:

    You Wrote:

    ”I'm just past halfway through my wip draft, and my heroine still hasn't told me everything about herself! Just when I think I know what her secret is, she shuts up and shuffles me off to the next scene and a different POV character.”

    This is a very good sign. I just had a literature class where the instructor said that well rounded characters are not the ones we have a lot of facts about but rather are the ones that have the capacity to surprise us with their unpredictability. (Just like real people can.) She said that Sherlock Holmes was a very flat character because in all his books he never surprised the reader with unpredictable behaivor. I found this to be very insightful and just wanted to share it.

    If your heroine surprises you, she surely will surprise the reader!


    P.S. Halleluiah! Your books are now coming out on Amazon Kindle. “Romance by the Book” is just 99 cents today! (Myra like you've never seen her before!) “Autumn Rains” is also available! I just gave it its first Kindle review. I hope this opens the flood gates.

  31. JULIE: I'm so glad popping in here got you going again! It's nice to have other writers around when you get frustrated.

    MARY C: Adding general ideas into the story for later is another great suggestion. Thanks for sharing some of your secrets with us :)

  32. Hi Mia:

    I don’t have walls. I remove them when I plot my book. In any event, walls usually can be seen coming up at a great distance. Action can be taken.

    In my meta-romance, “Characters in a Romance” the hero encounters a very high slippery wall around the entire country keeping him a prisoner. But all over the landscape are writer’s blocks about a yard on all sides. He uses these writer’s blocks to build a stairway over the wall. I just love paranormal.

    Of course, sometimes I get ahead of my muse and I have to wait awhile for her to catch up. This is why taking a walk often works. I think this is something Julie’s husband also knows. It’s kind of a man thing. (I.e., waiting for a woman to get ready.) ☺ ☻ ☺


  33. Checking in. I want to eat junk. I will not eat junk.

    Thank you for the post, Mia.
    Sorry I missed your post, Debby.

  34. It's a Speedbo critique.

    Check it out here.

    Speedbo Prizes

    And when you take a Speedbo break to go to Amazon to buy Mia's book, A Place For Family

    also stop by Yankee Belle for today's Speedbo recipe.

    Today it's
    Clari Dees Quick Chicken Parm and Veggies

  35. Oh, Vince. The "P" word again.

    Covering ears.

  36. Hello Mia, interesting post and I cannot imagine any of you authors having a problem with writing, the stories just flow so well that I read and I am thankful you know how to get past or over the wall when it sneaks up on you...
    Gee, only 10 days left guys and gals so keep them fingers moving..Everyone seems to be "MARCHing" right along in this SPEEDBO.
    Paula O

  37. Another timely post.

    Actually, the last few days have been great, even though I haven't responded.

    It's not a nice thing to say, but I'm glad most authors struggle and are brave enough to admit. Lets us know we're not alone...


  38. Hi MIA, Great to see you in Seekerville today. Have fun. And thanks for the great post. I'm sure it will be wonderful for many of us who do hit that wall.

  39. LOL, Mia, I should clarify.

    I have NEVER had control of my characters. (They only let me think so for a while).

    VINCE!!!! Thank you for posting the fantastic review!!! That was amazing!!!!

  40. Great post, Mia, though I haven't hit a wall yet, I'm sure I will if I write long enough.

    I could use a critique. As I was preparing for another contest, I realized my entry to Genesis went out with two typos.

    Thanks to all for the great tips for getting the juices flowing.

  41. great post. i can't say i've hit any writing walls yet, but i have with animation stuff at times. if i get stuck, i move to another scene or section and work on it until my subconscious solves the "block".

    once i actually get enough words written to perhaps hit a block, i think i'll try that as well as the other things mentioned in this post.

    thanks for sharing. would love to be in the drawing for a book.

  42. Mia, thanks for the great blog and for giving us permission to write in DRAFT!

    Segueing on Mary's comments...I'm often amazed how first-draft gibberish can, with a few revisions, turn into a scene worth keeping. I'm convinced it's a God Thing and nothing of my doing.

    Going back to my very gibberish first draft...

  43. Waving to Lyndee and grabbing one of Patti Jo's peach muffins before I go back to work!

    Did everyone see Piper's good news yesterday?

  44. PAULA O: For me, it's hard work but loving what I do makes it all worthwhile :)

    CONNIE: I agree--I'd rather know that authors have to overcome obstacles, rather than believe a story rolls right off their fingers like magic. That means even us mortal folks can do it!

    SANDRA: So nice to see you! I wish you'd send some of your nice weather to the Northeast. Winter seems to be hangin' on up here :(

    ELAINE: If you ever do hit a wall, come back to this post. There are lots of good suggestions for getting over/under/through a block.

    DEB H: Lots of the ideas people have mentioned here would suit any creative task. Often, giving your subconscious a chance to work its way through a problem is just the thing.

    DEBBY: Thanks so much for coming by to get a snack and share some words of wisdom. Can't wait to see you in Atlanta!

  45. >> Me, I can't go through a wall, because if I could I wouldn't have hit it in the first place <<

    Oh, Mia, what great insight! I've followed the advice to write through the wall ... and only been even more frustrated. Like you, I learned to skip it. But I also go back to where the wall was the moment the answer reveals itself.

    Thanks for your encouraging post!

    Nancy C

  46. BTW, Mia, I really love the photo on your post of the highway disappearing into the mist. That's a perfect illustration of how I write. I know where I hope to end up, but I don't know which way the road is going to turn or what I'll pass along the way. I can just see far enough ahead to keep "driving."

  47. Piper, Congrats on the big contest and request news! Yay for you!

    Mary C - Happy Birthday, late. Hoping you had fun!

    Debby - See you in about a month! Where is the time going?

  48. Lyndee, see you in Milwaukee! I'm so excited!!!!

    Mia, see you at RWA in Atlanta! YAY! Just reviewed the lineup and saw that you're doing TWO workshops. Good for you!

    The Seekers are presenting one as well. We'll be talking about Sailing Off Unpubbed Island. Hope lots of Villagers will support us! We don't want to have an empty room. Plus, we'll be giving away goodies...and chocolate. :)

    Time is passing much too quickly these days. Anyone else feel that way?

  49. "Conversion scene": when somebody gets saved. Would love to see a tutorial on that some time.
    Kathy Bailey
    Pre-pubbed in New Hampshire

  50. Great post, Mia. Thanks for the okay to just put in "blah, blah, blah," but keep going. I tend to stop, put it to the side and wonder--what is wrong with these characters? I look forward to your workshops at RWA.

    Debby, did you say the Seekers are doing a workshop? No worries, I'm sure the room will be packed with people who will want to see the rock stars of RWA--The Seekers!

    Thanks for the congrats, Lyndee and I agree with you. Time goes so fast. July will be here before we know it...


  51. P.S. Just went to yesterday's comments to read Piper's news--CONGRATS!!! That's exciting, and I hope it leads to more exciting news! ~ Blessings, Patti Jo

  52. NANCY C: Anything that gets you back to writing is the right thing. Way to go!

    MYRA: I have to 'fess up: either Ruthy or Tina put those pics in. They do fit perfectly, though, don't they?

    DEBBY: Umm...workshops? To my knowledge, I'm not doing any. Where did you see the list? At any rate, I'm planning to attend yours, so I can ask questions if it gets too quiet :)

    KAYBEE: I haven't done a conversion scene, so maybe someone else can give you some ideas.

    PIPER: I'm not presenting anything at RWA, but it would be great to meet up with you. I know--I'll save you a seat at the Seeker workshop!

  53. I'm the same way, if I try to plot a wall pops up. Great post, I'm falling behind in my word count but will press on.

  54. Have I thrown my name in the hat for a chapter crit yet this week? I don't remember.

    When I hit a wall I shower, drive or mow, I find my muse there. Or I just write a note of what needs to happen and move on.

  55. Hello, Mia!

    I always love to hear what other writers do about writer's block. Great tips! Thanks for sharing. :D

    Your book sounds like a good one. Please put my name in the drawing.

    As to Speedbo? I hit the "flu" wall. This Speedbo seems to be turning into a disaster. I have written over 7k so far, but not near what I wanted to end up with. We'll see how the next couple weeks go.

  56. Blaming it on my old eyes, Mia...

    Sorry. I am wrong about the RWA workshops. Silly me. But maybe I'm seeing future workshops you WILL be giving!

  57. Ach! Late to the party but happy to be here...

    When I first read this post, I laughed. Been there. Done that. And Mia knows that because we've known each other for years. So reading this was like visiting an old friend.

    I like the idea of "going around" a roadblock. Sure you might get stuck in a ditch...

    Or you might save a whole lot of time and make it through.

    Hey, I made chocolate chip cookies today.... I brought them to share because I'm feelin' the love.

    Mia, thank you for being here! And I loved "A Place for Family"... I've loved John (the hero) for YEARS. :)

    And I knew him when he was a snot-nosed punk. (fictionally, of course!)

  58. Oh, I had to go back and hunt through 142 comments to find Piper's good news....


    A request for a full from Thomas Nelson!!!!!


    Delighted! Happy! Joyous!

    You have gladdened my heart, Cupcake!


  59. Kathy Bailey, that's a good idea....

    We'll see who wants to pick that up in April.

  60. JAMIE: That's the spirit! Even if you miss your goal a bit, you'll have something to work with in April :)

    MELISSA: You're already an expert wall-defeater. Way to go!

    LINETTE: Things happen, like the flu--all the time. To have 7K finished in spite of being so sick is a great accomplishment and gives you a solid beginning to the book when you get back to it. Feel better soon!

    DEBBY: No worries--just relieved. For a minute there, I thought I'd signed up for something and TOTALLY forgotten about it. One of those nightmare moments I try to avoid :/

    RUTHY!!! I know you're up to your elbows in kids and waiting for puppies, so I'm glad you could make it over today. Cookies are awesome, as always :D

  61. PEPPER: HUGE, MEGA CONGRATS!!! I found your fabulous news in the postings yesterday and wanted to make sure I add my very best wishes :D

  62. Well, Seekerville, it's 7PM my time, so I'm going to call it a day. For anyone logging in later on, make sure you leave a comment so you can be entered in the drawing for a copy of A Place for Family. And be sure to let Tina know if you want to be included in the drawing for a Speedbo critique.

    Thanks so much for having me in today--I had a blast hanging out with all of you. Best of luck to the Speedboers :)

  63. Mia, I'm a big wall hitter. Especially when there isn't a sledge hammer in sight.

    You made an excellent point in the initial go round is a DRAFT. Not perfection. DRAFT.

    I tend to thump my head against said wall long enough to get a headache, then I get defiant and skip to a totally unrelated scene and write that.

    Take that, block in the road!!!

    Anything to keep the words flowing.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  64. More encouragement to keep on keeping on.

    Reminds me of Truman, the movie. When Truman decided to make a break for it, he went all the way to the edge of his world, then started looking for a way out.

    And he found it!

  65. I'm late, didn't think I'd have time to actually comment. I'm way behind on my Speedbo goal and I very much dislike not meeting my goals. This post is very encouraging. I'm not so far behind, at this point, that I can't catch up. If I had a Moncado energy drink I could catch up in two/three days. :)

  66. LOL!!!!!!!!

    You're funny Christina ;).

  67. I do love knocking those walls down.

  68. Hitting walls, keepin' on trucking, love that, Mia.

    I've had FUN w/this. Hit what could have become a wall, but instead, it transformed into a panster (or intuitive, as Roseanna would say, and I like that...) doorway. My hero told me he had a secret, and now he's a WAY more interesting character. So I'm into my last edit...last being a hopeful, but not final word...

    Thanks for your encouragement along the way, and congrats on your wall-hitting, it obviously leads to success!

    Gail Kittleson

  69. Enter me!!!
    Sarah Richmond

  70. The biggest wall I hit this month was time. I'm still challenged by it but trying to power through. I'm handwriting so I've been able to grab my notebook on a few mornings before work, then last night I had a bit of a power session, writing for a few hours before bedtime. Rare that I get that opportunity so I snatched it. I'll keep writing til the 31st. Then I have to type it all up to see where I am. Now that will be a challenge. Lol!

  71. Read this last night, but wanted to wait until daylight to comment so I'd be coherent, lol. Then I forgot. Oh well.

    I like your write-around-the-wall technique, Mia. Sometimes I'm trying to write my way around and I feel like Hammy from Over the Hedge, "It never ends!" LOL. AWESOME post! Praise the Lord, I've got the end in sight with this WIP, but when I start writing the next one and get stuck, I'll pull up this post. :)

  72. Keep trying because the readers enjoy a writer who goes beyond the normal realm and writes a story so captivating that the reader can't put the book down until they are through reading it.
    More power to all inspiring writers!