Hello everyone and as always thanks for stopping by. These are the co-hosts for July 2020’s Insecure Writers Support Group brought to you by Alex J. Cavanaugh and his team of co-hosts: Jemima Pett, Beth Camp, Beverly Stow McClure and Gwen Garner.
Be sure to stop by their sites and give them some love for all their hard work! This during what has to be one of the craziest years in recent memory!
October 7 Question When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?
Well I’m a working writer who should take full advantage of NaNoWriMo. I have a terrific outline and a cast of good and motley looking characters consisting of Earthlings and a lot of intergalactic beings each with their unique ways of getting to Earth (although some have already been here all along). Epic character ARCs. And way too many other cool things.
I just need to rock and roll now and clear out absolutely everything I possibly can. Everything. Taking care of business. No distractions. Then I can focus on getting the first draft completed and sent off to my editor for and this stage is really not for editing but for help with the overall structure and flow of the story.
50,000 Words Have you ever hit the 50,000 word goal? I have not. But two years I did very well. I don’t remember maybe 30,000 words each time. Sounds about right and I’m damn proud of that!
Good luck with NaNoWriMo, Stephen! Sounds like you're well-prepared for it.ReplyDelete
Yes thanks preparation is the key.Delete
Good luck with Nano! I usually participate, but I've done so much writing this year that I need to catch up on admin and marketing.ReplyDelete
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Yes you have to have balance during Covid-19 we've been catching up on a lot of things that needed attention.Delete
I've never tried NaNo. It doesn't work with my work schedule. Good luck with your writing next month. Hope you hit the 50,000 word goal.ReplyDelete
Natalie, thanks for the encouraging words. I hope to at least make it to the halfway mark.Delete
Good luck with NaNo. I did beat it the year I tried it but boy that was tough for this slow writer.ReplyDelete
Alex, I share as well it's a grind I'll do my best.Delete
Good luck! I took part a couple of times and didn't win but got major chunks done. Anything to get the motivation going has to be good.ReplyDelete
Nick, if I can do that I'll be happy thanks for stopping by.Delete
Good luck with NaNo. I've never attempted it.ReplyDelete
Thanks Diane for stopping by!Delete
Go, Stephen, go! There's only political ads - oh and the NBA finals or baseball or football to distract... Pack a lot of snacks - and have fun!ReplyDelete
Thanks PJ and yes snacks are a big part of NaNo.Delete
Whoohoo! Sounds like fun! What happens if you surpass your daily goal? Yeah, I've reached the 50k goal before the required time. It's difficult to set specific time aside for writing like this with a houseful of demanding kids.ReplyDelete
The first and last time I joined NaNo I was at a hotel for a week straight--needless to say, without kids underfoot, I reached the goal in a week. Who needs to eat and use the bathroom? ROFL
Or sleep!!! :PDelete
Hi Elizabeth thanks for stopping by. Yes a week to one's self is the dream of every writer.Delete
Good luck with NaNoWriMo, Stephen. I've never participated in it before, but I'm going to do so this year. I've got a mess of a memoir that I'm going to work on ~ not fiction I know, but I need to shake things up and get moving forward again. We'll see how it goes!ReplyDelete
Best wishes for a smashing success for you!Delete
Well I'm intrigued by the brief overview of your idea! Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I keep thinking I will participate and then next thing I know the month is gone. If there ever was a year to write it has to be this one? Thanks for the encouragement/challenge?ReplyDelete
Hi Helen, I say give it a whirl. Even if you simply outline something the characters and settings and such it will be worth it.Delete
I've never done NaNo but am always so impressed with those who do. Good luck!ReplyDelete
Thanks Liza I appreciate it!Delete
I've done NaNo a few times and won twice, including last year. For me, the secret is to start prepping in about August--outline, character sketches, all that good stuff, so when Nov. 1 hits, I'm ready to bust out the words. I doubt I'll do it this year, because 1) I haven't prepped, and 2) I'm moving to a new city at the end of October, so I may not even have internet on Nov. 1. Bummer, because I'd love to start a new project (mostly to avoid last year's NaNo project, which has proven frustrating to edit.ReplyDelete
Good luck this year!
Janet, thanks for the words of encouragement and best wishes with your move.Delete
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I really need to think about doing NaNo this year.ReplyDelete
Thanks I just want to get my MS to the next level not complete it. But yeah I think I can get a lot of work done.ReplyDelete
I adore NaNo! I've "won" it multiple times and it's always left me with a solid base for a story. I'm thinking I might do it again this year, but I have to do some thinking first!ReplyDelete
Good luck with NaNo! Nope, I've never given it a try. I write way too slowly to churn out that many words in a month, but I can see where participating in it could help get the writing gears in motion. Maybe next year.ReplyDelete
I lack the organizational skills to write an outline. I'm a wierd writer - I enjoy the editing/re-writing process better than the initial creation of the story.ReplyDelete
I attempted NaNo once, and made it through about a week. Good luck to you.