IWSG Day & Am I Rebelling Again?

Happy IWSG Day! Can you believe there’s only three months left in 2021? And here we are together again. Every first Wednesday of the month, sharing our writerly weal and woe. Thanks for creating this writing community goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The co-hosts for the October 5th posting of the IWSG are: Tonja Drecker, Victoria Marie Lees, Mary Aalgaard, and Sandra Cox!

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So, what’s going on with me this month?

Well, Preptober has begun. And when I thought I might forgo participating in NaNoWriMo this year. (Didn’t take part in 2014 as I decided to do National NonFiction Writing Month, aka NaNonFiWriMo). My characters and their stories beckoned to me. And I swear they called my name in Vecna’s voice. Just in time for Halloween.

But more than one character, from different stories, is calling out to me. So what do I choose? Start a new novel, book three of my fantasy WIP “The Otherside of Home”? Go back to work on the first two books? Or go even further back to my older WIPs currently still in hiatus? 

As I racked my brain to figure out which novel to choose, a thought came to me on why not choose them all. Go back and review the WIPs (past NaNoWriMo novels) clamoring for my attention. Then choose the 2-4 that most piques my interest to work on next month. Giving each 1-2 weeks of undivided attention during NaNoWriMo. Hmmm, which would be the lucky WIPs? Either way, must hurry and choose wisely as Preptober has already begun.

What’s going on with you this month? Readying for NaNoWriMo? What genre is your NaNoWriMo novel? Are you starting a new novel or like me rebelling by working on past NaNoWriMo novel?

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    • Thanks. I imagined it would, but I have a plan for that. Depending on WIP length, plan to give each a specific amount of days of attention. Especially for novels, I only plan to focus on specific scenes I’m most excited to tackle. Or find troublesome, so want to improve or fix plot holes.

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  1. Writer’s retreat ?
    Last November, one very smart friend booked a log cabin, in Lapland, said this was the only way to get the last seven chapters written. ( She knew it would be seven !)
    Thought she might be eaten by wolves. Chapters written, she’s fine.

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    • Would love to do a writer’s retreat. But something tells me it’ll soon turn into a mommy’s retreat. Sigh, I guess I’ll just have to continue to rely on listening to music while I write to get the words out.

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  2. After attempting to write a linear novel for NaNoHellMo several times and ending up with a horrifying pile of crap I couldn’t bear to ever look at again each time, I became a NaNoWriMo Rebel. I throw everything I write in November into one horrible, sanity-destroying, unpublishable document. However, out of this unpublishable document, I’m always able to find things that are worth publishing. For me, it’s a better way to go.
    Cie from Crazy Creatives Cheerleading Camp

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    • I used to write linear too, but I’ve found out that I do much better and avoid lose-sream-in-middle syndrome if I start from the middle and write circular. Sure, most of what I wrote would be trashed, but there’s more than a few nuggets of worth storytelling worth keeping.

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