Tuesday, November 1, 2022

IWSG Blog Hop: November is National Novel Writing Month and National Life Writing Month #nano #IWSGbloghop #nationallifestorymonth


Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop

Happy November!!

Happy IWSG Day!!


Hello and Welcome to the IWSG Blog Hop!!

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. To find out more, click this link:  Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The purpose of the group is 
* 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! 
You're invited to become a member of this supportive group. 
Click here to sign-up and/or to visit the bloggers this week.

Thank you to our awesome co-hosts for the November 2 posting of the IWSG Blog Hop--Diedre Knight, Douglas Thomas Greening, Nick Wilford, and Diane Burton!

Ready to Write for National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. 
Have you ever participated? 
If not, why not?

Yes, I have participated at least 2 if not 3 times. Ohhhhh, the pressure to write 50,000 words in one month. But, if you don't make it to 50000 words, you will not be beaten with wet noodles or lose your privileges to say you are a writer. In fact, you are not competing with fellow writers to make the count. You are competing against yourself. If you don't look at it like that, you could drive yourself crazy! Take it from one who never accomplished the challenge. 

But I felt like a winner because two of the stories I wrote during Nanos won me publisher contracts, achieving what I had always dreamed of--having a published novel to place in the hands of readers, entertaining them with warmth and wisdom or making them giggle. 

Let me be clear. After Nano, I had a LOT of editing to do. Most of the story was gobbly-de-gook. In fact for one of the competitions, I tried the pantser method of writing. Talk about going down the rabbit trails! I discovered I am not a pantser writer, an unexpected perk of participating in the challenge. From that point on, I learned to create a skeleton outline of the story before beginning to write.

I had a great time dumping a lot of words into Word. I lost no sleep over not writing  1666.666666+ words every day.  You participate with that attitude and you will enjoy the experience much more. Good luck!


Reasons to write your life story.
Yes, November is also the month for life story writers to get their stories written. It's all about the author. No fiction is allowed. Writing a life story is 10x harder than writing fiction. I hope that sentence doesn't discourage you from writing your memories, but there will be challenges for you. 

No one talks about how satisfying a life review is to the author of the story. Recording your story will help you understand the events in your life when looking back through the lens of time. And think about the gift that story will be to family and friends. Besides that, getting together and sharing those good old days is a lot of fun!!

On the right side of the blog is a list of reasons to tell your story. I bet one of these reasons could convince you to begin. Go for it and have fun!

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My life writing would be so boring.
My two NaNo efforts resulted in contracts and books as well. It can be done!

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's so cool that your NaNo projects resulted in contracts. I don't have time for NaNo but hope to write more this month.

Pat Garcia said...

Hurrah for you. It's good to hear you received two publishing contracts after much revising before sending them out.

I too like NaNo.

Take care.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

J.Q. Rose said...

Alex-- congrats on a successful experience with Nano!
Natalie--I think you have a good idea to write without Nano. Less pressure.
Pat--Thanks, Pat. It was a different time back then in the digital world.

Lynn La Vita said...

In my November IWSG blog post, I asked if anyone could refer me to a good memoir writer. Pat G @ EverythingMustChange suggest I visit your site.

You and I have visited each other before and I'm glad she reminded me.
And I've subscribed to your newsletter.

Lynn La Vita @ http://la-vita.us/

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've never participated but I will take this month to finish my fourth story.

cleemckenzie said...

That's a great NANOWIMO record, J.Q. Congratulations.

Denise Covey said...

Hey JQ. I've participated 5 times and never picked up my rubbishy books. I prefer to edit as I go which is a NaNoNoNo.

emaginette said...

Congrats on the contracts. That's a very happy ever after. hehehe

Computer Tutor said...

That is a great story, Janet--two publishing contracts. Woot!

OK, I'm doing it (again) next year.

Sandra Cox said...

Yay you for getting 2 stories out of Nano.

Sandra Cox said...

I agree writing a life story would be MUCH harder.

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