Welcome to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post for the month of November, 2021.
Hmm. What am I feeling insecure about this month? What could it be. Could it be…
No! Not Satan. Just NaNoWriMo. It’s always NaNoWriMo.
My confidence took a big hit last year when I failed to complete my 50,000 words worse than in any previous NaNo. I blame burnout, family stress, COVID stress, and attempting to continue a partially-completed work, rather than starting something new. For me, NaNoWriMo works best when whatever I work on is completely contained within the month. This is why I do so well with short stories at this time of year.
So for 2021 I am trying a different approach. I plan to write a book, so nothing new there, but instead of writing in chapters, I have created 30 documents in Google Docs, one for each day of the month. Whatever I write on a given day, no matter what it is, where it starts or where it ends, goes in the doc for the day. I’ll take notes about where chapters should start and end, but rather than worry about chapter (or short story) length, this year will be all about the writing. Just get it down and get it done. The editing will happen in December. Or January. Or never. Anywhere but in November.
Therefore I am cautiously optimistic that this month I will be able to get the 50,000. And so far, two days in, I have averaged about 5,000 words a day. So it may actually happen.
If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, here is my profile page at nanowrimo.org. Hit me up with a buddy request!
This month’s IWSG question is the following:
What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?
That’s an easy one: The title. I say this simply because I have not yet had to come up with a blurb for a book, because I have not yet worked a book the point where it requires a blurb. Maybe this year. Or maybe next.
I suppose that makes it another thing to feel insecure about.
*If you didn’t get the Satan reference, do a google search for “SNL Church Lady”.
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