I stumbled upon this fantastic idea. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group! They post on the first Wednesday of the month. “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.”
Today I’ll Join them!
Question of the Month
November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?
I have not. I don’t do well with daily word count goals, or word count goals in general. As a mom of two under the age of five, with a day job, I’ve learned to write when I can and that any writing is something to celebrate. I know my limitations and right now trying to reach 50,000 words in a month is not realistic. It would be setting myself up to fail and that is not productive.
I also have a process that works for me. Some say don’t edit as you write. It’s a bit like the great pantser vs plotter debate. And as this article articulately explains (The Potter vs Pantser Debate Has Been Exaggerated), were doing the same steps…just in a different order. So, for me to crunch out 50k words in one month that would mean I can’t stop to edit as I go, or fill in a back story I thought of while writing chapter 10 that should go into chapters 3 and 6. Some of that “editing” some people do at the end of a draft. I do it during, which means I’m not spending a month after completing to make those changes – I’m adding it into the month it takes me to draft.
I did attempt something within my abilities a few years ago. I started my own “Novempoe“. Inspired by Inktober, I made a weekly theme for composing a poem (or three if ambitious). I shared it with followers on Instagram – but I think I was the only participant. Still, I set small goals and completed them. While not 10,000 words, it was another poem each week I wouldn’t have crafted otherwise. So if you feel like NoNoWriMo is daunting, maybe setting another goal for the month can be something to motivate you within your comfort level.
The goal of the IWSG is to share those insecurities. Right now, it’s around my first book. The cover released last month and while I’m excited I’m also afraid that no one will read it. Marketing is hard and like a second job. Am I even doing this marketing thing right *hits mic* *screech echos in the room*.
I write so that others can read my stories. I know some people are happy with writing just to write, but I love creating worlds for others to explore. But if they aren’t exploring, it’s like an empty library: why is it even there? I am recharged, though, every time someone reaches out to let me know they preordered. This is likely just imposter syndrom setting in. How do you deal with that little voice that says “no one likes your stuff”?