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I Got Nothing #IWSG

August 5 question – Quote: “Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don’t write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be.”

Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey!


I Got Nothing

Apparently not even good grammar, according to the first thought that came through my mind as I reflected on what to write about for this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group post.

I usually try to write my post to answer the monthly question. But this month? Not a thing. I’ve never had a piece I was writing morph into a different animal than I had planned. At least not yet. Someday it may happen, but not in time to help with out with this question.

And seeing as how my writing has gone the past few months – or should I say NOT gone? – I don’t have much to add on that topic either. On the first of the month, I always go through and tally up the words I’ve written the month prior. In July I didn’t even hit 5,000 words. It may truthfully be a tad bit higher than that, since I don’t count what I write in my weekly newsletters. But those few extra words aren’t going to add massive numbers to that monthly count.

And queries and submittals? I did write one essay to submit. When I added it to my queries/submissions list, I saw that the last one I’d submitted was in May. In May I submitted one piece. June and July – zero. Zilch. Nada.

You’d think with all this extra time at home, with my day-job work hours so drastically cut since March, that I’d be racking up the numbers in the word count game.

Not so.

But hey, looking at the bright side (can I toss any more clichés into this little missive?), at least thanks to the nudging from the Insecure Writers Support Group, I now have 304 more words I can add to my August word count tally.

Thanks Insecure Writers Support Group!

Comments on: "I Got Nothing #IWSG" (9)

  1. I have been struggling too. Although the last month I feel I’ve gotten on track, but yikes, April, May and most of June, were a struggle. I don’t think I submitted much those months at all.

  2. Same here – Jillian

  3. aandj8804 said:

    It’s been difficult writing during covid, but to be fair, I was struggling before that. Hope you find your groove again soon!

  4. Don’t worry, a lot of authors are struggling to write now.

  5. helenmatheyhornbooks said:

    Seems contradictory to ‘have all the time in the world’ and get nothing done. Maybe because ‘all the time in the world’ suckers us into ‘I’ll do it later’. I like the others seem to be in this boat too. I even missed the Wednesday prompt date for IWSG! Rats!

    • Oh no, you missed the prompt date!
      I sympathize with you. I had to make sure I got there this month, because I totally forgot last month.

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