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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG: NaNoWriMo Participation

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive.Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

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NOVEMBER QUESTION: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

MY ANSWER: I tried NaNo about three times. I didn't finish any of them because each of those years, my youngest daughter went into the hospital in November. While logically I know this had nothing to do with NaNo, I'm almost too superstitious to try it again. I do see the appeal of writing under deadline with a daily goal, but that system doesn't work for everyone. I know several authors who met the 50,000 word goal, however, the result was mostly trash because they gave up on the story just trying to get words on paper. They never went back to those projects. Likewise, I know several people that method worked well for, and yes they went on to publish those projects (buth traditionally and self-pub). I'm a big believer in finding what works for you without feeling the need to compare yourself to others.

Have you tried NaNo? What has been your experience. Will you try it this year?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I was lucky it worked for me and both stories became published books.
I don't blame you for not trying again. Prayers your daughter stays healthy this month.

debi o'neille said...

I think it's great for a lot of writers, but it's definitely not for everyone. For me, it will probably work one year and not work the next. We never know what's around the corner. Prayers for your daughter's health this year.

Diane Burton said...

NaNo works for many people. I've never tried it because it would be too stressful. I have enough stress in my life, thank you very much. LOL Your last sentence is the key. Find what works for you.

Caitlin Coppola said...

I'm not a NaNo person. True, I've never tried it, but it doesn't sound appealing to me in the slightest. We all have our own systems that work the best for us ;)