~ IWSG: NaNoWriMo ~

Posted: November 3, 2022 in books, creativity, Fiction, Insecure Writer's Support Group, IWSG, Writing
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It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post on the first Wednesday of every month. Every month, the organizers announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. Remember, the question is optional!!! Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG, and the hashtag is #IWSG.

November 2’s optional question – November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?
No, I have never participated. Frankly, I resist the idea of inviting more pressure into my life than I have already. The thought puts me off and I must admit that I scratch my head over why NaNoWriMo is so popular. I tend to be a slow writer. While others produce thousands of words a day, I have to take my time. And, I have this ornery side that rebels against joining what everyone else is doing just because they are doing it.
Many friends do Nanowrimo and I always feel in awe of how hard they work. They have to maintain rigid discipline in their daily routine for the month to achieve it. One of my friends and fellow authors from The kiwi kids’ bookstore, Donna Blaber, wrote the first draft of her new series while on NaNoWriMo. Donna relishes the challenge. Me, not so much. I have plenty of mountains to scale in my life and try to keep my writing as a reward for getting everything else done. Setting myself a strict regime and then flogging myself every day for a month does not appeal at the moment. Maybe I’ll participate someday though. Never say never.

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 with San Francisco-based writer Chris Baty. According to the website, the NaNoWriMo challenge is to write the first draft of a novel that’s at least 50,000 words, starting on November 1 and ending on November 30. ​In 2005, it gained nonprofit status. Now, when participants donate to NaNoWriMo, the number of writing programs and the availability of resources increases.
I think it’s a worthwhile initiative and applaud the great work.
There are other ways to participate for people like me who don’t wish to take part in NaNoWriMo. We can support other writers who are undertaking the challenge. I have two friends doing it this year, and I intend to encourage them through the grueling process. We can also donate to the cause. I get nervous for my buddies as the clock winds down. The tension is palpable. Rather them than me.

To all the 2022 participants, good luck!
Are you doing the NaNoWriMo challenge?

Keep Writing!
Yvette Carol

Let it be easy. ~ Anon


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  1. Thanks for the information, Yvette! I also think contributors to NaNoWriMo have to set up great discipline, and this challenge is giving back so much. But becoming part of this always has to fit in writers own scheduling. There are many different ways to support writers or exercise writing. If all would walk the same way there would be a traffic jam. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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    • yvettecarol says:

      My pleasure, Michael. Thanks for the comment. And I laughed out loud over the last part. If you don’t mind, I’ll add that to my “Great Quotes” file with your name as attribution. “If all would walk the same way there would be a traffic jam.” LOL!


  2. emaginette says:

    I didn’t know the origin story. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  3. Olga Godim says:

    I never joined NaNo either, and for the same reasons as you. I don’t want additional pressure in my life.

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Whew! I’m glad to hear you say that, Olga. I had a feeling I might be the only one. And, in fact, I was worried I might tread on a few toes with this post by expressing ambivalence.


  4. Damyanti Biswas says:

    I’ve written NaNo in the past, but lately, I’m been so stuck with work that I have absolutely no time to do what I desire. Hopefully, next year is better 🙂

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Aw, sorry to hear you’re so busy, Damyanti. One of the gals in my writing group experiences similar frustration, that she has to work all the time when she would rather be writing. It’s difficult.


  5. Like you Yvette I’ve never felt the desire to thrash away at my computer for a month as part of a competition. My writing comes at the pace, it needs to be. Some weeks I get heaps written, and occasionally none. I get there, though set myself a more realistic deadline for a first draft than a month!

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Thank goodness, another person in the same camp, Vivienne. I wondered if this post would bring a rain of criticism down on my head for not waving pom poms. Yet, you’ve put it into words perfectly. I feel the same way. And, I also don’t like the thought of inviting failure, if I didn’t make the 50,000-word limit which I would then feel bad about.


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