IWSG-I Believed, and I Achieved-NaNoWriMo Winner-2013

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I cannot believe this is my first post in almost a month, and it happens to be the first Wednesday of the month, which also means… (Drum roll please… It is time for another post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by the über awesome Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh! The Ninja’s Associates for this month’s meeting are: Julie Flanders, Heather Gardner, Kim Van Sickler and Elsie is Writing. Thank you so much for assisting Alex this month! Everyone appreciates and acknowledges your time and efforts!

For those of you who are not familiar with the IWSG, it is a safe haven where writers of all levels and experience can go to discuss and post their innermost thoughts and fears without fear of embarrassment, mockery and other such tomfoolery. We are here to motivate and encourage you, not to belittle you, make you feel inadequate or weak. If you would like to become a part of this amazing group of writers, please, please, please, I encourage you, to click on the image posted beside these words and we will transport you to the IWSG website, where you can sign up.

With that being said, I must apologize to one and all for my absence these past few weeks from my blog. I thought I would be able to squeeze a few short posts in between working NaNoWriMo, but during the first week of November, I also found a place to live, so I had to pack! Anyhoo, I do apologize and will catch up at some point this month, between the move.

The bigger news is: I GOT MY WINNER BADGE ON NANOWRIMO! I know you can’t see it, but you can try to visualize me doing some crooked jumping jacks and yelling HUZZAHHH! across the room! 🙂

I validated my novel at 50,091 words, and although it is not done yet, I have a good idea of where I am heading with it and after I let it rest for a couple of weeks, I will go back and rip it apart with the editing and revisions. Realistically, I will probably only use about one-third of what I actually wrote. Ah, well, at least I have some good characters.

I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to give up during the month because I kept falling behind in my word count, at one point I was behind almost 12,000 words. Of course, we all need to motivate ourselves to keep writing and doing what we need to do, because it is work, hard work, but do you ever feel that if it were not for the push of some very special people, you would not have been able to accomplish that one very important thing you did not think you could do on your own? I know I do. For helping me get through and winning NaNoWriMo and NEVER letting me give up, thank you goes out to:

My best friend in the cyber-world, Marilyn, http://onbecomingawriter.com,

and my fellow NaNo participants and mutual winners!! Huzzahhh!!

Melissa Janda at http://melissajanda.wordpress.com, Leanne Ross at http://readfaced.wordpress.com and Catherine Lumb at http://nowrittenwords.wordpress.com or http://www.catlumb.com. Without you, I would have been a mess, and for everyone else whose blog I visited and gave boatloads of useful advice, I thank you too! That is all I have for this month’s post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I am going to finish my Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Coffee now, visit a few blogs, enjoy a good read, sleep, finish cleaning out my cottage tomorrow, and start catching up on some posts already!

PS – Have I told you all lately how very much I have missed you this past month? Oh my God, it has been torture! Until next post, I love you guys.

NaNoWriMo and IWSG-Perfect Together!

Hello to all my wonderful blogger friends and family! It’s the first Wednesday of the month, so you know what that means, right? It’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (ISWG)! This totally amazing group was founded by none other than the fabulous Ninja Master Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for writer’s like me to share our fears, insecurities, thoughts and even triumphs with one another without the worry of ridicule or shame. It’s a place to give and receive encouragement, praise and advice. This month’s IWSG co-hosts are C.D. Coffelt, Tina Downey, Isis Rushdan and Michelle Wallace. Thank you so much for all your efforts!

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It couldn’t have come at a better time for me this month. I am currently in the midst of doing my first official NaNoWriMo. I tried Camp NaNoWriMo earlier in the year, but fell short of my word count. I was briefly upset by it, but refused to let it get me down for long. This month, I’m going for the whole shebang. 50,000 words in 30 days. Just looking at it frightens me. The past few months have been really tumultuous in many ways, and I almost didn’t register. At the last-minute, I decided to go for it; no outline, no plan, no nothing.

Guess what? I’m doing pretty well. Almost a week in and I’m only a few hundred words short of where I should be. Today I will be buckling down hardcore with the writing and hope to get in at least another 2,500 words, which will put me ahead of where I should be. I wasn’t able to write on November 1, which is what put me behind. Since then, I’ve been slightly ahead of the game. So, I hope you guys will root for me, come visit me, cheer me on, and do whatever it is you guys do for each other during NaNoWriMo. 🙂 I’m still so unfamiliar with the workings (of course, it’s ME we’re talking about) of their site, I can’t even figure out how to put the word count widget on my blog so you can stay posted on my progress. A couple of people did buddy me on the site because I didn’t know how to do it myself. Ugh. If any of you insecure writers are doing NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to buddy me, my user name is lilicasplace . It would mean the world, since I know that come week three, I’m probably going to need a heck of a lot of cheer leading.

Anyhow, on another note, I submitted my very first ever piece of flash fiction for Spooktoberfest about a week and a half ago and it made runner-up. It is the first time I’ve ever put a piece out for real people to see! I forced myself to sign up for it because I knew that once I committed to it, I had to follow through. I’m so happy that I did. I’m still worried about showing work to people, but I truly believe that completing this piece is what has given me the courage to go after NaNoWriMo with the determination I have now.

This is my post for the month. For next month’s IWSG, I am hoping to be able to let everyone know how I ROCKED NaNoWriMo and sport my Winner badge on my blog.

Until next time… love you guys!!