What is the IWSG? Read on!

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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
The awesome co-hosts for the June 1 posting of the IWSG are SE White, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray!

The Optional June 1 question: When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start? 
 
I'll get to the question, but first the update from the writer. May hasn't been a very good month for writing. Those of you who follow me know I have moved, and I also did a 3000-mile road trip to collect Eldest Son from graduate school in CO (very proud of his new-minted MA!), then attend a memorial for my father-in-law in California. Now that I'm back home, I'm having to tackle the hours and hours of work needed to change my address with all my on-line stuff. Ugh.
 
That hasn't left me much energy or mental capacity to work on the novel, which is too bad, because while on my trip I started reading back through the new draft, tinkering with it (I know that's not efficient and not what I should do, but I can't help myself!) and getting a feel for what needs to be done.
 
Now for the question, because that was very much an issue with this book. The going definitely got tough near the end. That was part of why I did a re-write from scratch. Sadly, that didn't go much better--I still got bogged down with the ending. So how did I finish?
 
I'm not saying this is a good approach--but I just wrote a straight line to the end. I didn't really even try to make it good. I just wanted to get to the answer of whodunnit and why, and that's what I did. It's a dreadful conclusion to the book, as flat and lifeless (and stinking) as a dead fish on the beach. My hope is that, awful though it is, it's something to work with. 
 
I guess my advice would boil down to "crappy first drafts all the way!"
 
My other advice is, maybe don't even try to write a novel in a year full of international travel and a major move?
 
Still, I get to look out at this when I do sit down at my computer. It helps.

 
 
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