The Midpoint Blahs

I haven’t felt like blogging much lately. Writing is hard, thinking about writing is hard, everything is hard.

I have the midpoint blahs.

Is it a coincidence I recently crossed the 50,000 word mark? I don’t think so. This happens to me every time around this point, and it doesn’t help at all that I’m working on a collection of scenes with crazy POV issues that are probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write. Does any of this sound familiar?

I’ve been writing this story foreeeeeeever. How can I still have so much to go?

Nothing in this chapter makes sense.

I don’t feel like writing today. Or tomorrow.

I have no idea what comes next.

Everything I’m writing is absolute garbage. Why do I even bother?

I’m forcing myself to work through it, even if it’s only a thousand shitty words a day that I’m sure will be completely re-written in subsequent drafts. That’s okay. Every crappy sentence gets me further from the midpoint and onto something new. I’m also considering taking a break from this part of the story and jumping ahead a few chapters for a change of scenery before coming back. What I’m not going to do is stop writing! It’s BS to give up every time things get a little bit difficult. As a very wise fish once said,


Here’s a Little Pick-Me-Up For You


Can You Relate?


  1. good luck powering through! I wrote a post a while back about keeping writing when you can’t get motivated. I also used Dory the Fish and “just keep swimming (at least, I think it was that post) so I’m exited to see you did too. πŸ™‚ Great minds think alike, they say!

  2. In spite of your frustration, you still sound so determined. So, I like your idea of jumping ahead a few chapters and seeing what comes from that. Maybe it will involve going back to where you are now and doing a big rewrite. Groan! Keep swimming, even if it’s the dog paddle. πŸ™‚

  3. What a coincidence–your post AND the comments are just what I needed today, with the slump I’m in. Amazing how someone else’s blah’s can lift someone else up!?!

    • So glad it helped! And I’ve been in a real “why am I even bothering trying to be a writer” funk for the past few days so your comment has made me smile! πŸ™‚

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