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!
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Captain and Founder of IWSG: Alex J. Cavanaugh
This month's co-hosts: J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker , Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey
November Writing Update:
I was a NaNoWriMo Rebel because I started on November 1st with 10,003 words written on the third attempt to get that-super-powered-teen-novel on paper and I finished with 60,448 words to get in the full 50k challenge.
The biggest part of NaNo for me this year was the sense that I finally wrote a good, plot-heavy draft, the best novel draft I've written in the last 2.5 years.
No longer held back by health issues, I pushed through all the plot points, finally hammered down some world-building details that had eluded me before, and wrote a partial ending even thought that meant skimming over some of the final battle scene. (It still needs 15,000 words or more to be really the right size for the plot and the market.)
In the process, I kicked my anxieties and fears to the curb and finished strong; that's what really matters to me about winning NaNoWriMo this year.
The day after NaNoWriMo ended ...
I did a combined spell-check and grammar-check, then started reading the draft out loud and taking notes. I've rested between drafts before, but this time I'm still in the mood to work on it and keep it alive.
My goals for December/January: finish the partial scenes and do my best revisions while also scoping out the best (most affordable and helpful) editor and best publishing option for this project.
OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?
1. My laptop. This is my #1 writing tool.
2. My journal. I dedicate the first few pages to a table of contents and I label the pages with titles and page numbers so I can find ideas, story starts, and notes when I need them later.
3. A pen, never a pencil.
4. A cup of herbal tea, decaf coffee, or water. I love (have extreme addiction to) caffeine but I have Meniere's Disease and the only way I've found to manage it is to keep sodium low, and to keep the caffeine intake extremely low. I miss it, but I don't miss vertigo or massive ear ringing.
5. A source of natural light. Even on the gray cloud-covered days (literally, days on end with clouds filling the entire skyline) of winter on the Washington State Peninsula, I still crave being by a window or skylight. Light seeps its way through even the darkest clouds.
I still need to upload publisher on my laptop, so I have been creating all of the Instagram posts with my phone and I have trouble lining up numbers in the program I use, so here's the December challenge for Instagram. You can use these as writing prompts or just picture prompts for Instagram. I will also share bits from the IWSG website posts on Mondays.
In January, we will do a "Best Writing Tips and Motivation" challenge for the entire month, with a highlight day for The IWSG Pit.
For all the details, go here: IWSG Twitter Pitch.
Also, in December, please join us for the Write, Edit, Publish day on December 19th!
Please create your post on your blog, then showcase it on Facebook and Instagram!
What five objects to you have in your writing space?
Do you have any highlights/insecurities to share from your writing life?
Are you on Instagram? Planning to take part in our Twitter Pitch day or in the WEP December contest?
My WEP: Ribbons and Candles post will go live next Monday, so please come back to read it! It will be my last post for the year.