Tortoise Speed

I do not believe in Writer’s Block.


I do know there are times in any work where the words do not flow as easily as a writer might like.  Each sentence, each word, is an effort. It is tempting to step back and wait for the ideas to ripple pleasantly across the mind once again.


Waiting doesn’t put words on a page or screen.

I have been struggling through a chapter on a current Work in Progress. Pushing. Trying hard to get past this point to where my characters need to go next. I can’t ignore this scene—it has to be there to establish behavior patterns and motivations that come up later.

It just hasn’t come easily.

Still, I plug away every day. Even if only for a hundred words or so.  A paltry amount to produce, I know, but that’s what I’ve managed. And today, when I did a word count for the chapter?

I had written over 2,000 words. Bit by bit. Word by word. Gesture by gesture.

This? This is encouraging to me.  All at once, I can see what comes next in this chapter before I move on to the Next Big Event.

Slow and steady does finish a chapter. Is it perfect? Of course not.  It’s just a first draft. 🙂


  1. Jess Molly (aka jmolly) · September 30, 2013

    Excellent job, Sandi. There have been lots of days when I’ve only written a hundred words, but it sure feels great when you hit that 2k. Hope your MS is coming along well.

    • Sandi · October 1, 2013

      Hey, Jess!

      It is moving forward, and should do so more expeditiously now, since I have marked up my map. 🙂

      Once upon a time, I averaged 3K a day when writing. Someday, I’ll get back to that. lol

      Happy October!

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