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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 December 7 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Chemist Ken, Natalie Aguirre, Nancy Gideon, and Cathrina Constantine!
The following link will allow you to peruse everyone in the Blog Hop.
Link | ISWG Blog Hop Participants
December 7 question - It's holiday time! Are the holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on writer goals?
Whew! November was a hectic month. If you've read any of my other blogs (See NaNoWriMo Update: 50,378 words!) you'll know that I crossed the 50k mark for NaNoWriMo this year! Woohoo! It's my second year in a row, and the website tells me my 9th year overall, for reaching 50k. So why don't I have anything published yet?
I hate editing. That's why!
And also because I have a severe lack of time and somehow I make it work in November. The community surrounding NaNoWriMo really helps me.
Typically, I do most of my work during NaNoWriMo months (November, April, and July). I have a different plan for next year though. Lots of things in the works for making writing more of a part-time job and less of a hobby.
As for today's question. Usually December is a month of relaxing and catching up on sleep for me, especially after November and especially since I've been back in school working on a Master's degree for the last few years. BUT, I graduate in two weeks!
Can I get three cheers? Yeah? Maybe?
I'm really hoping to not fall behind on my writing goals this December. I've been working on a holiday romance for my NaNoWriMo project, and I'm pretty certain if I don't finish it before the holidays are over, I won't want to look at it again until next holiday season, which would completely screw with my plans to revise it and try to query it through the summer and then self-publish it next holiday if nothing comes to fruition.
First, though, I have to finish up my final project for my tenth and final master's class!!
Then, I can write. I think I probably need about 15-25k to finish up the story. That will put me around a good 65-75k novel, which seems good for romance. I know it might get longer when I edit. There will be things I can cut, and it's certainly lacking on some descriptions. For a NaNo draft though, I think it's halfway decent!
I do have family holiday plans, but we will be going to Ohio to see my partner's family for Christmas and his birthday, which is the 27th. I usually do fairly well writing in the car, so I hope to use some of that travel time to get finished up as well, if I need it.
I do have a few books I want to try to read before the end of the year, too. Maybe a holiday romance or two for research purposes.
What about you? What are your December writing plans? Do your holiday plans throw them off? Or do you just focus on the holidays?
Links to other NaNoWriMo related blog posts and posts with more information about my project: