#IWSG November: The best bits

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again when

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The awesome co-hosts for the November 2 posting of the IWSG are; Joylene Nowell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, and Christine Rains!

This month’s prompt is: What is your favourite aspect of being a writer?

This is tough because I have so many.
Lets see… I get to shape my dreams and fancies into stories for other people to enjoy. There, that’s probably the meat of it. I love getting an idea down on paper and watching as it takes shape from this collection of concepts in my head to something with heart and soul.

Also? I get to talk to other writers – people who get it when you talk about plots and characters, who understand when you more interested with what’s going on in your head. (Although even then I sometimes get the odd weird look).

I’m Nano-ing for the first time ever this year. I was always a bit scared to before – didn’t quite know what to expect, how to go about it, as usual worried about the ‘small print’. But once I took the plunge, I shook off that concern: that’s it, I’m in now, for good or ill. I’ll do what I can and even if I don’t quite make the full 50,000 word target, I hope to learn a few things along the way. New techniques for focusing, perhaps lose a few time-wasting habits, who knows? Check in this time next month for an update!

Oh, and before I go, last week I joined a group of writers for a Hallowe’en Story-time blog hop. Some of them were fellow IWSG-ers, so if you’d like to check our stories out, you can find them here.

And if you’d like even more stories, I will also be taking part in this year’s Indie-Author’s Advent Calendar, where on each day of Advent, you can receive a new 1,000 word Christmas or Winter themed story. If you’re interested, you can sign up for it here; adventcalendar.katharinagerlach.com

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20 Responses to #IWSG November: The best bits

  1. Wish you much luck with NaNo!

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  2. Good luck with NaNo. It can be a lot of fun.

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  3. Good luck with NaNo. I tried it and failed last year. I signed up again this year, but I’m still not sure if I’m going to do it. Considering it’s Nov 1st, I suppose I should decide soon 🙂

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  4. I love those aspects of being a writer too. Good luck with NaNo! I can’t participate but I’m cheering everyone on. 🙂

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  5. Stephanie Scott says:

    How exciting–your first Nano! You will probably have an easier time than many if you’re already used to writing. My first Nano I’d never tackled fiction before! I was a writer in experience with blogging and journalism, but knew zilch about story crafting. Good luck!

    Here’s my IWSG post for November: YA Author Stephanie Scott

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  6. I did my first CampNaNo in July and won!
    I think it’s less stressful than the November NaNo which I haven’t attempted yet…maybe one of these years I will… 🙂
    Thanks for the links.
    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!
    Happy IWSG Day!

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  7. Best of success with NaNo, Angela. Let us know how it went, okay? I’ve never done one.

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  8. Best of luck with NaNo! It’s such a fun experience 🙂

    Cheers,
    Jen

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  9. Wow! I love the idea of the Advent Calendar. I’m going to have to check that out.
    Best wishes with NaNo!

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  10. I think the beauty of NaNo is less in achieving 50,000 words and more in carving out a better way to get words on paper. Plus, the energy is contagious. Good luck!

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  11. Good luck with Nano! I’ve done it at least three times successfully. You can do it!

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  12. ooh! Some very cool things going on.

    Way to go, jumping in with NaNo. I tried it twice, and the one for script writing too. The script one turned out okay, the others were trash. I concluded it works for some people, not for others, but you have to try it to know if it works for you.

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  13. The Advent Calendar is a cool idea.
    Good luck with NaNa. I’ve beat it before and I’m a very slow writer, so I know you’ll do great.

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  14. Liesbet says:

    Losing a few time-wasting habits is a great start! I should definitely follow suit with that one! Good luck with NaNo month!

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  15. Diane Burton says:

    Good luck with NaNo. Whether you hit 50k words or less, you will be farther ahead than if you didn’t.

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  16. Juneta Key says:

    Well apparently the problem with being able to comment is with my WP logon. I logon with Google sign on and can post. Congrats on NaNoing. This is my 4th years.

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  17. Our stories are the stuff of dreams and a wondering mind. Good luck with NaNo.
    Nancy

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  18. Great post, Angela. Wishing you much fun with NaNo. I’m full of admiration.

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  19. Angela Wooldridge says:

    Thank you all for your Nano encouragement. I’m finding it really interesting, how it’s adjusting my focus. I’m definitely going to have to do an update post about it. 🙂

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