Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG Post - Do you Finish your NaNo Projects?

 Unbelievable that this is the second last IWSG post of 2017. This year is flying past at a supersonic speed and before we know it, we will be sitting in the lap of 2018.

IWSG is the best thing to happen to writers all over the world. This is an online group of writers who post in support of Insecure Writers Support Group on the first Wednesday of every month. And luckily for us we can discuss all our writing blues, our writing insecurities and worries. And IWSG members all over the world pitch in to encourage and support us or air their own fears and doubts.

Ninja captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) is the founder of this awesome  group. Under Alex, IWSG has grown by leaps and bounds, it has members from many countries in the world, it has a website, it brings out anthologies every year, and it also hosted a Twitter pitch party which was a huge success.

The November 1 question is - Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

Sadly for me I’ve never done NaNo. From the past few years I tell myself I’ll do NaNo, but one year our main festival Diwali was in November, another year I was travelling for 10 days, then another year I had several freelance projects and this year I’m trying to revise and polish my adult novel. I think NaNo and my fate has not aligned. Maybe I’ll finally be able to clear all my assignments and tackle a project for NaNo sometime in the future.


I’m eager to see how many of you all have completed NaNo and how many NaNo novels have been published?

20 comments:

  1. I've always been too busy to do NaNo too. I have too much work and responsibilities to commit to so much writing in one month. It's okay if we never do it.

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  2. You could always tackle it another month instead. I need to find a month and make myself do it again.

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  3. November is always such a busy month for me too, Rachna. Take care and have a super November.

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  4. I never register officially for NaNo, but I play along, challenging myself to finish a first draft. Pick a month you are less busy:)

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  5. I love deadlines and am more focused. But they have to be real deadlines. Finishing NaNoWriMo is optional so it doesn't seem real. Real is what I am working on now - self-pubbing my novel.

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  6. November is a tough month to dedicate to something like this. You could try another month. You just won't have all of the NaNo stuff to help you.

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  7. I've never done NaNo either. I write sporadically. Why start something I know I will fail?

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  8. I've completed three, I think. Sadly, I'm not sure if project #2 was finished during NaNo or afterwards. My first novel, Champion in the Darkness, received it's second rough draft during NaNo 2010. I completely started over with a fresh page and just had two main characters from the original mess. Of course, it still needed five more revisions to get it to a place I thought was acceptable, and then I had to give it another go-over after I had self-published (which filled me with shame and remorse because I thought I had it polished first). However, I still forged onward with Champion in Flight, which I wrote/attempted during NaNo 2012 (before I self-pubbed the first one). It needed three revisions and received a more thorough edit. I made several NaNo attempts after that and didn't reach the "winner" word count, but the stories are still around and kicking in multiple saved copies. I attempted a sci-fi novel one year and failed, then brought the characters back for a second try last fall and won, but that novel still needs serious revision, both in content and grammar. This year, I'm writing book two in a series that I don't plan on querying or releasing until 2019 or later. I'm planning ahead these days by years.

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  9. I think the November mess is why they've expanded to Camp NaNo in April and June (or is it July). It's fun to join a movement, though I don't find it helpful to spend much time on the social aspects of NaNo, since the point is to write!

    I'm looking for a word-count meter to use any time I'm drafting, since I think that's the main thing I get out of doing NaNo (that is, I get a draft, but the main boost is from watching my little word-count chart climb. Yeah, kind of petty, but whatever works, right?).
    —Rebecca
    My IWSG Post

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  10. NaNo and I don't align at all. Besides not being a fast writer, I'm usually just coming back from a trip or settling in for the holidays. Nov 1? I can barely find time to sleep.

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  11. I can't believe how quickly the year has gone as well. Crazy! November isn't a great month for many folks. I always struggle when it gets around Thanksgiving time and there's so many other distractions going on. But, I'm going to give it another go this year :-)

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  12. NaNo and fate haven't ever aligned for me, either. We'll just have to write when we can.

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  13. You should try the CampNaNo which is twice a year, in April and July.
    I did CampNaNo twice... and won it once.
    But not sure I'll do it again. NaNo is not for me.

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  14. You could always consider Camp NaNoWriMo (April and July, I think). It's NaNo-lite, but there is still the sense of camaraderie you get from NaNo. I completely agree this year is flying by way too fast.

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  15. I have to confess, I only ever started a NaNo project once, and after about three days dropped out. It's just not for me. It's a lovely idea, and those who participate do seem to get so much support from it, but I just can't get into it. I applaud those who do, though.

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  17. I am with you! NaNo is something I have always wanted to try- but every year my November is crazy busy. Maybe next year. Wishing all who are participating the best of luck. :)
    ~Jess

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  18. I've never done NaNo, but it seems to be a great way to get writers writing!

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  19. I'm so bad at NaNo. November is just not my month for it. But I wish everyone the best of luck with it:)

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