Wednesday, 2 December 2015

IWSG

The first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writer's Support Group day. Do join IWSG if you're an insecure writer (and aren't all writers insecure at least occasionally?) or you'd like to offer support.

Last month was Nano - you may have noticed. I didn't 'win'. I didn't come close and it's not as though I did loads of other writing to make up for it. There are a few reasons and plenty of flimsy excuses, but the truth is I didn't do as well as I could have done.

There's room for insecurity in that. I could worry about my motivation, enthusiasm and low effort levels. Actually I have done that a bit. Maybe I'll do it a bit more. But it's December now. Nano is over and I can do something else. Maybe that'll go really well.

How about you? Did you 'win' Nano or do something else in November you're feeling chuffed about? Or was it a bit of a disappointment, writing wise?

Whatever November was like for you, I hope December is better.

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  1. Effort is hard! One of my (many) tricks is to imagine that I'm working on the cash tills at Morrisons. They wouldn't let me pootle around at Morrisons, so why should I do it at home. It works -- sometimes.

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    1. Too much pootling is at least part of my trouble, Deborah. I'll try to keep it in check.

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  2. Patsy, I think November is the pits. NaNo come at the totally wrong time as far as inspiration is concerned. I'd never dare even think about it. Commiserations.

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    1. November is my least favourite month, Frances. I though writing like crazy might take my mind of it, but that didn't work out. Ah well.

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  3. Here is to a great December, Patsy (she says holding two glasses of champagne :)). You shouldn't feel too bad about NaNo - at least you participated (I chickened out) and you've launched your new novel (mine still needs editing) and so much more!! You are an inspiration to so many of us. Have a lovely December and I love Deborah's tip - I'm gonna try that :)

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    1. As you've taken the trouble to bring champagne, it'd be rude of me not to drink it and look forward to a great end to the year, Nicola - cheers!

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  4. Hi Patsy - NaNo can be trying ... I guess from someone who's never attempted it. I'm just grateful the weather's still warm - though I know the cold is what we need. Good luck now December is here ... cheers Hilary

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    1. We do need some cold weather, I think - but I won't mind if it stays mild a bit longer, Hilary. A little ice and snow is enough.

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  5. I didn't even start it this year and I've not been very productive with writing anything for a few weeks, apart from poetry strangely enough. I go through phases of preferring short forms of writing - maybe because it's a busy time of year? I've no doubt your own motivation will return in spades soon!

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    1. I'm sure it's just a temporary dip, Rosemary. I might even have a productive surge which evens everything out. Weirder things have happened.

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  6. If you wrote some words, that's what matters. Don't beat yourself up. New month, new goals!

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  7. Any progress is good progress whether in November or July. Thinking cap on and nose to the grindstone.

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  8. I've never felt inclined to enter NANO which is probably just as well because I am a Very Slow Writer!

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    1. It's not for everyone, Liz. I'm currently a slow writer, it's better than stopped, isn't it?

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  9. I've patted myself on the back because I managed to finish Nano. It was a means to an end as I wanted to get back into writing after a long break and it's worked I now manage to write at least once a day. Insecure writer, I am but not feeling a little more positive.

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    1. Well done, Niddy. I'm really pleased finishing Nano has helped you feel more positive and hope that continues.

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  10. Whether you "won" NaNo or not, you're farther ahead on your story than you were at the beginning. That's something to celebrate.

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    1. True, Diane. I could have just gone wild with the delete button!

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  11. I stopped at about 20k words. I don't know. I think the past year has caught up with me at last.

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    1. That can happen, Misha - especially if we have as much going on as you have lately.

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  12. I was a little sad that I didn't have time to participate in NaNo this year, but I did get all my Christmas shopping done when my mom came to visit for a week! Now I'll have a much more relaxing December. :)

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    1. We can't do everything all at once, can we, Christine? There's always next year for Nano if you fancy it.

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  13. Motivation comes and goes. I hope you find some this month. :)

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    1. I'm sure it's just round the corner, Chrys.

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  14. I got a new job. Unfortunately, it will hinder my writing.

    I hope you find your spark again.
    I agree with Chrys. Motivation comes and goes.

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    1. Congratulations on the new job, Melissa and I hope you find at least a little writing time.

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  15. I didn't even attempt NaNo this year. It would have been way too much to deal with. Maybe next year.

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    1. If you knew you wouldn't be able to do it this year I think you were right not to put yourself under pressure, Lynda.

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  16. Hi Patsy, Like Lynda I didn't attempt NaNo either, and thank goodness I didn't! November was horrid, and ended badly with the death of a dear writing friend.

    i think motivation comes and goes, and sometimes we are able to cope really well with our writing projects, then at other times its too difficult for a variety of reasons. The main thing is to keep doing something.
    Whatever your word count was in November, I imagine you can salvage something? Or carryon when you are ready?

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    1. Sorry about your friend, Maria.

      November wasn't a good writing month for me, but as you say I can carry on with the story later if I wish. For now I'll work on something else.

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  17. I did not win and I'm slowly getting over it and trying to get myself in the mood to finish up this first draft and getting on with the rest of my crazy busy life.
    Oh look it's the holidays. There's always something but I am going to finish. Good luck to you, wanna race?

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