November already, and it brings NaNo to plenty of minds and keyboards. It’s this month’s question, too.
This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post, in which we share our successes and failures as writers, our insecurities, in fact. Anyone can join in, just sign up at the IWSG Sign-up page, write a blog post on the first Wednesday of the month, and go back to that sign up page to link with everyone else–or a goodly sample. Our host is Alex J Cavanaugh, and cohosting this month are:
Question of the Month
November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?IWSG November 2023
I’ve never done NaNoWriMo in November, but I have done several Camp Nanos, in April and/or July. Many of the Princelings series books were drafted, edited and finalised at Camp, and all three Viridian series, too.
I find the concept of NaNo very helpful. It helps to focus on getting a set amount done every day for a month. Actually, I generally set my target for the month, and carry on writing for as long as I want each day, and not worry about days that have to be missed.
Which is one of the things that mystifies me about November as National Novel Writing Month in the USA. Don’t you have a major holiday week in the middle of it? How to you fit in all the family things–and, moms, the cooking–with a daily schedule of writing?
For me November used to be a busy month, although I can’t tell you now what I used to do, apart from get Christmas cards sorted, presents and start thinking about putting the tree up, and all that stuff. I suppose since there are long dark evenings (afternoons for some of us), writing is a good occupation in November. But personally I prefer the rhythm of spring to get my creative juices going.
I’ve no plans for a new novel yet, though.