#ISWG: Let's talk NaNoWriMo!
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 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! Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG. The awesome co-hosts for the November 2 posting of the IWSG are Diedre Knight, Douglas Thomas Greening, Nick Wilford, and Diane Burton!
The following link will allow you to peruse everyone in the Blog Hop.
Link | ISWG Blog Hop Participants
November 2nd optional question - November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?
This is the first time I've posted for the IWSG since...well...March of 2019! EEK! It has been a while. My life kind of went off the rails, but now I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've started up this new website, started blogging again regularly, and yes, I am participating in NaNoWriMo! I'll link a couple of blogs I've written recently about NaNoWriMo at the bottom of this entry for your perusal.
I absolutely love NaNo. My first year was in 2010, although that wasn't a very successful year. The first time I hit the 50k mark was the following year in 2011. It's one of my favorite memories. I was about 12k behind on the 30th that year and absolutely determined to hit 50k I got off work around 6pm and sat my butt in a chair at a coffee shop and did not move until I hit 50k a few minutes before midnight. A dear friend of mine stayed with me, even though she'd hit 50k an hour or so before.
This is my 13th year participating. I haven't "won" every year, but I have been productive. I'm also a Municipal Liaison (ML) for a region, which means I cheer people on and run events and organize the community, etc.
I somehow find the time to write in November, despite everything else going on. I think a lot of it has to do with the peer pressure...er...community surrounding NaNo. There's just something about knowing that everyone else is doing the same thing. While I run an "Elsewhere" region, which means most of our events are virtual, there are some libraries hosting Come Write In events near me this year. I'm hoping to make it to an in-person event or two--now that they're allowed again--because, for me, that's the heart of NaNoWriMo. I love talking with other writers, getting to hear them talk passionately about their craft and ideas, getting to motivate them and write with them. Most of my very best friends, to this day, are people I have met during NaNoWriMo. And there's something to be said for that.
I have a pretty big "why" for participating in National Novel Writing Month. It doesn't all stem from the fact that I actually get words written and make progress on goals during the month, although that's great. It also has to do with finding my tribe. NaNoWriMo is near and dear to my heart.
Are you writing this month for NaNoWriMo? Tell me in a comment!
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