And I'm also a little taken aback at how long this story turned out being. My current "real" word count is 6800 words--1000 for each day, just about. But in manuscript math, that's closer to 8000 words and by the time it's done, it will be solidly and inescapably a novelette. I can always fudge the numbers a smidgen on the cover page, but a novelette is a lot harder to sell than a short story. And that's also inhibiting me. I'm in a "if I add more words to it, it'll be longer, which is bad" state of mind, and no matter how often I tell myself "if I don't add more words, it won't be finished" I can't seem to shake it. I'm so frustrated.
New plan: coffee. We'll see if my muse perks up with a deluge of caffeine through our veins. If that doesn't work, it's time to get out the thumbscrews.