insecure-writers-support-group-badgeNaNoWriMo is here and across the world authors are buckling down for an intense 30 days of output. That doesn’t include me. In the future, who knows? Right now I am a) a slow writer, still very new to this game and b) in furious editing mode. The editing brain is very different from the producing brain and right now I need my inner editor more.

As I’m not participating and have not participated before I can’t answer the Insecure Writer’s Support Group question:

Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

If you have an answer to this I would be extremely interested in reading it, so link away in the comments. If you’d like to join in the blog hop, go here.

Your co-hosts for this month are Tonja DreckerDiane BurtonMJ Fifield and Rebecca Douglass (The Ninja Librarian-and I love that title. It should be an official thing, like the Knights of the Round Table, but for writers. We could earn belts and wear patches and sneak into libraries to leave free books for unsuspecting passerby.)

In defense of National Novel Writing Month, it seems to be the kind of fire that really works for some authors. They like the challenge, the reward of updating that word count every day, the gauntlet of it. Something about having that fizzing fuse running out behind them lights up their creativity and they’re dashing through the days. Which is awesome. If it works for you I’d love to hear how, and why.

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It’s not the kind of thing that works for me and honestly I’m not sure I’ll ever participate. I’m happy turtling along with my 1,000 daily word count goal every month of the year. That doesn’t mean I can’t cheer you on though. I’ve got my digital pom-poms and glitter cannon all ready to go. Write away my friends, and let me know how it’s going on your blog so I can send you many sincere happy emoticons. Meanwhile I’ll be stalking all the answers to this month’s question by other insecure writers.



featured image: & Ben Cheung