#IWSG November – Is Nano worth it?


Good grief, it’s the first Wednesday of the month already, and I haven’t managed to blog since last month! Not even about being featured in last month’s Writing Magazine (Yes, moi!) about Nano, which is what this month’s IWSG post covers (surprise!)

(By the way, here’s part of the reason I’ve been busy – new addition to the family).

So, back to Nano. This month’s question is; Win or not, do you usually finish your nano project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

Well, last year was the first time I took part in nano, so my ‘average’ answer will be based on just the one occurrence.

Last year I ‘won’. That was down to determination. It was part of my target and there was no way I wasn’t going to reach it. This year I doubt I will. It has been a last minute decision, and I mainly intend to use the focus to prep up some short stories. (I think that makes me a ‘nano rebel’ this year).

Nano is good for making you concentrate on getting the words down, and that’s how I plan to use it this time.

As to the second part of the question… Watch this space. I spent a month writing the first draft last November and have spent the rest of the year revising it. Mind you, I did a lot of pantsing, so there was a lot of restructuring required. Maybe next time I should plan more…

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forgot to visit this month’s co-hosts; Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton, MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass!

And if you’d like to join this merry band of writers, started by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, then you can sign up here!

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17 Responses to #IWSG November – Is Nano worth it?

  1. Juneta says:

    That pup is cute. Sweet. Congats on winning last year. I have never won a November yet but camps I normally win, so here I go again.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

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  2. Congrats on getting your article published in Writing Magazine! What an adorable puppy. I don’t think I’d be able to get anything done if I has such a cute ball of fluffiness to keep me company.

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  3. Rebecca Douglass says:

    Cute pup! And kudos on being a NaNo rebel 😀 I’m all in favor of using it however it works for you, and not being too hung up on the rules.

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  4. miladyronel says:

    The new addition to your family is gorgeous 🙂 Congratulations on having your article published. Good luck with Nano 🙂

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  5. That’s cool you were featured! How awesome.
    Be a rebel and do it your way this year.

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  6. emaginette says:

    At least you’re still interested in what you wrote. I can’t say that. Congrats on the article. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    • Angela Wooldridge says:

      Even if you don’t use what you wrote, it’s never wasted – you got it out of your system, or learned something, or tried a new technique… it’s all experience 🙂

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  7. Lee says:

    I don’t think I can come up with another way to say congrats on the article and what an adorable puppy! Good luck with this year’s NaNo. Whatever you accomplish is a win.

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  8. We’re like samesies, Angela! I won last year, and I doubt I will this year. Though, I think if you participate, you’re a winner. I’m a Rebel this year, meaning I’m going to complete my outline and research and start writing scenes, but I won’t hit 50K. There’s no way! Cute puppy, by the way. 🙂 http://www.raimeygallant.com

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  9. Plan more or not, I find the stress of the deadline kills my muse. Like with a dagger. And I hear you about restructuring the entire book. That’s why I don’t bother with NaNo. I’d rather the story come about naturally without 500 revisions.

    Loving that magazine credit. Woot, woot! Super exciting times.

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