#IWSG – My NaNoWriMo Confession


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It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for another chance to confess – well, to tell the truth in the monthly Insecure Writers Support Group post. Time to answer the optional question for this month:

November 1 question – Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

I’ve done NaNo five times – the first time in 2011 = lots of first drafts. I’ve managed 50k three times and one of those ‘wins’ is my current rewrite – draft 4 of Fates Maelstrom. I am taking part again to draft the third book in the same series; same detective and setting so this new story adds to my initial character. Not quite background, but knowing where she is going helps establish a few more aspects about detective Sparkle Anwyl.


She is a Detective Constable in Book 1 – Fates Maelstrom – but promoted to Detective Sergeant by Books 2 and 3. There may be a twist in that at the end of Book 3 due to her girlfriend – yes, she discovers that she is bi-sexual in Book 1.

Does a non-sexual relationship with a boyfriend prior to Book 1 make her bi? Book 2 was drafted, in part, in 2015 but will need some work, especially as the questions about her sexuality and identity hadn’t emerged yet.

Anyway, publication. As yet, none of my ‘wins’ has reached even the editor stage, although Fates Maelstrom is heading that way. By next year, the answer might be yes.

What about you? Do you do NaNoWriMo and get published? Are you taking part this year?


Dolbadarn Castle

Photo of Dolbadarn Castle, Snowdonia by Etrusia UK on flickr




The awesome co-hosts for the November 1 posting of the IWSG are Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton, MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass!

Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting:  The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

21 thoughts on “#IWSG – My NaNoWriMo Confession

  1. Good luck with NaNo this year. If you’re looking for another writing buddy, you can find me as KassyMarin over there. Thanks for the post, and also for having the courage to explore a nonbinary character. 🙂

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  2. Hi Roland! Only today I manage to visit some friends and fellow Wrimos. It has been a messy October and beginning of November.
    How’s your NaNo going?
    Mine’s not too bad and I even have hopes that I can finish it and make something good out of it 🙂

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    • Sorry to hear that things have been messy – hope everything improves, Sarah. I’ve just passed the 20k mark in NaNo by doing at least 2k each day so that I can afford some bad days. Hope that we both finish with something good.


  3. Hope your NaNo challenge went well for you this year. As in the past few years, I decided to sit this one out. Not sure that I’d do it again. Two “wins” proved to myself that I could do it, but not having published anything yet hasn’t proved much of anything to me other than I need a big boost of more ambition and drive.

    Tossing It Out

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    • Thanks, Arlee. I added another win this year, although being Book 3 in a series means getting Book 1 published first. As for your words, they are always worth sharing with the world – provocative so worth publishing.


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