Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Aaaargh! and thanks.

It's time for another Insecure Writers' Support Group post. Why would I be insecure? OK, I'm doing NaNo which means I have to write around 1,666 words a day and complete the first draft of a novel in 30 days. Even if I succeed it'll obviously be rubbish* but I'm not bothered (much)

So why, faced with a choice of failure or writing rubbish, am I not feeling insecure? Simple - I don't have time. Gotta go write now.

Word count total due - 11662
My total - 8807 Eeek!

*There may be people who can write a decent novel in a month, but I'm not one of them.

Thank you so much to everyone who reads this blog, my short stories and my novels. Extra special thanks to those lovely people who give me such useful and generous feedback during the writing stage, those who comment here and everyone who has reviewed one of my books.

Without your help and encouragement I simply couldn't keep writing.

This is a blog hop from Vikki and Tara.

49 comments:

  1. My total NaNo count is less than yours, so we can scream together! It's given me new respect for those authors who can write several books a year. I'm still hoping for several books, full stop :-)

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    1. Synchronised scream in three, two, one ...

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  2. Nano is soooo hard! I think we all start out with such good intetnions - and then life gets in the way! But Keep going - you'll have a great sense of achievement!

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    1. The only thing getting in my way today is laziness! I haven't given up yet though.

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  3. Best of luck with your NaNo endeavor! Even if you don't hit the count every day, at the end of the month you'll still have more written than you would have otherwise, and that's a good thing, right? :)

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    1. You're right, Linda - that is a good thing.

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  4. Awwww I love your super cute award! Yay!!

    Good luck with your Nano-ing!! Go, go, go Patsy!! Take care
    x

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  5. short & sweet thanks!

    and happy writing! may you reach your word counts daily!

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  6. Good luck with your NaNo challenge, Patsy. I enjoyed your book Escape to the Country. I liked the pace, the way it flowed and your knowledge of farming (was it research or first hand?)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, L. I grew up on a farm - that helped a lot with this story.

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  7. NaNo - just relax. Take a couple of deep breaths. You can do it. Make it fun.

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  8. Good luck with NaNo! If I could get 1,000 words in before the end of the week I'd be doing good.

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    1. Speed isn't everything, Isis! I usually write fast and edit slow.

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  9. That award has to be the cutest yet Patsy, and don't worry about nano, you write more than that when you're not even trying, and dig the allotment in-between and bake cakes. You should wear that superwoman outfit. We love your words, so keep on writing, when you feel like it.

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    1. I was down the allotment today, Suzy. That made me hungry so I had to bake treacle puddings. Didn't help the word count, but they tasted good.

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  10. You're going to feel pretty satisfied with yourself come Nov.30th. It's all in the attitude, Patsy, that and a little stubbornness. Ha, like I would know. I've never done NaNo. Best of luck. I'm a new follower, #192 on Alex's list.

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    1. Joylene, I'll know I've given it a go - that has to count for something.

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  11. What a nice thanks, and thanks for joining in the bloghop! A BIG LUCK with Nano! :)

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  12. Hats off to all of you doing NaNo and best of luck, I'm sure you'll reach your goal :)

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  13. 8807 words is pretty darn good, Mrs :-) I think you deserve major praise and it's still early days :-) x

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    1. It's a lot better than nothing anyway, Teresa.

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  14. I like that! Too busy to be insecure. Don't stress that word count - just keep writing.

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  15. You can write a decent novel in a short space of time. Just let yourself be swept away by the story.

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    1. Some people can, Stu. I'm not sure I'm one of them, but I can try!

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  16. Ha! My Nano count (I'm doing it unofficially to write short stories) is just under 4,000 words) so I claim the right to scream the loudest. :-)

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    1. That makes me feel a little better, Jacula. Hope you are able to catch up once you're done screaming.

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  17. Congrats on attempting to do NaNo in the first place Patsy. It must take over everything else. I might follow Jacula's idea and do an unofficial one to test the waters! I was going to give up writing for publication altogether until yesterday when I heard I had been shortlisted for Writing Magazine's 250 word short story. You only need a little bit of success to spur you on again.

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    1. That's brilliant news, Maggie - well done!

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    2. Thanks Patsy. I'm sure I would have give up ages ago if it weren't for all you lovely bloggers.

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  18. I think the important thing is we get to focus on the project for a whole month - at least that's what's important for me! Good luck with the remainder, Patsy - you'll have more words than you had at the beginning.

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    1. It is making me think about this project, Rosemary and as you say, I'm further on with it than I was a week ago.

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  19. You've managed to churn out more NaNo words than me and I bet some of yours make sense. I'm stretching sentences by adding lots of (clever, interesting, unusual) adjectives - not good writing but good fun!

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  20. I think you must be one of the most prolific writers I know! Good luck with Nano - I'm sure that something wonderful will come out of it eventually! :-)

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    1. Something might come of it, Linda - if I get on and write it.

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  21. I love the idea of the Nano draft being draft zero (Chris Baty came up with that). It makes me feel much better ;)

    Good luck honey!

    And thank you, for posting to your blog so we. An all read it :)

    Xx

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  22. You are so brave! I'm a chicken when it comes to NaNo. You're doing great, and I wish you every bit of luck to finish your first draft by the end of the month. You can do it!! :-D

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  23. You know what? I don't think there are very many people AT ALL who could write a decent novel in a month. But it's enough time to set up the armature and start slathering on the plaster later. You go!

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    1. Thanks, Murr. Yes, the NaNo novel is just the starting point.

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  24. Good luck with NaNO, I couldn't participate this year. I'm still trying to shadow but its not working to well. I love being to busy to be insecure!

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    1. Thanks, Doreen. My NaNo isn't going too well - but never mind, I'm still keeping busy enough not to be bothered.

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