Writer on the Beach: Insecure Writer’s Support Group Post #1

Oh! At the suggestion of a critique group mate, I’m trying out this blog hop thing.

Thanks to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group for hosting this! It’s nice to have someone else choose a topic once in a while!

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

For me, that is a big fat no! And I have zero shame. I found out about NaNoWriMo maybe fifteen or more years ago? I always, always had a plan when I tried it in subsequent years. But I never could get past a day or two, despite all my planning and preparing, downloading guides, creating spreadsheets to track my word count, connecting with other writers on the forums, &c…

I have come to accept this part of my writer self. I can’t let writing have too much pressure attached to it. The work needs to come as it does, and as I want it. Mostly because my process takes a lot of time, and turning down the wrong pathway can truly lead a story astray. (My brain tosses in some great–though not plot-supportive–twists.)

So, I’ve never won NaNoWriMo, technically. But I have written about four novels? (And about six versions of one of those!) I’ll take it.

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