Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Insecure Writers Support Group


http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/

Ooops! Nearly forgot! But what with all the 'stuff' (all the descriptive words in the English dictionary and I use 'stuff' .....hmmmm, oh well!) going on in November, plus Ella's birthday on the 2nd, illness and governor work I don't know where November went!

Oh wait, yes I do, NaNoWriMo! Well I started like a greyhound and ended like a tortoise because all that blessed stuff got in the way towards the end so didn't make anywhere near 50k. But still, pleased with what I did accomplish, really helped me focus. And I found I love the Scrivener software, so although I won't be getting the 50% discount for completing NaNo, I still think it's worth the money - $32, which is around £20. Well worth it :) Do I get a further discount do you think for extolling their wonderfulness?

I of course haven't yet edited what I did write - could turn out that out of the 24612 words I did write, only 612, or worse, 12, will actually be any good! Will leave that unravelling for another day.

So congrats to everyone whether you wrote 1 word or 50,000, that's more than you started with :) Right off to pay for Scrivener while I remember and jump the shark - sorry, jump some blogs!

Regarding that, just an observation from the past few months, but has anyone noticed how many people actually pop in? I have noticed that nearly all are either the helpers, or bloggers returning my visit. Not sure how many people are doing the blog hopping much, which seems wrong. It's like not really supporting, more sitting back and expecting others to run around after you? Last months comments were nice, but they came from the facebook group. Whinge over, it's been bugging me for a couple of months.

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  1. I don't do blog hops simply because I don't have time. I already spend way too much time online as it is. lol

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    1. LOL, with you there JoJo! I'm the same, only this one regularly, but if someone signs up for it, then they should be active! Even more annoying is all the dead links! xx

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  2. Hi Suzanne,
    Congrats on even attempting NaNoWriMo. I've never been in the right place in my writing to attempt it. And you did do a nice job of complimenting the Scrivener software! (Something else I haven't tried.)

    Regarding your observation about people hopping around to new blogs--that is one of the reasons I volunteered to co-host this month. I usually visit a few new blogs, but I was determined to visit more and make a huge effort this month. My observation is that people tend to visit the same sites. Force of habit. And, as you know, we're all strapped for time! This gives me a good excuse to extend my travels.

    Good luck finishing and editing your NaNoWriMo ms!

    December IWSG co-host
    http://swaggerwriters.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Kim, thanks for co-hosting, I don't give up, just a bit frustrated - but like just said to JoJo above, the dead links are even more annoying LOL!
      x

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  3. Hi there,
    I really do visit other blogs. Sometimes when I pop in, posts haven't yet updated. I'll read what's there. Think I've given up on people reciprocating. I just do it to support other fledgling writers. nd believe me, I'm very new at this. All the best

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    1. Hi Marilyn, don't give up, keep badgering away! The IWSG FB is good as a post goes up for participants to add too :) I'll be visiting you in a bit ;)
      x

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  4. I do try and visit lots of blogs during the hop, depending on how life and kids are at the moment. They don't always come back to me, but I enjoy being a cheerleader for them, especially when insecurities are getting the best of them.

    Yay for getting a good chunk of words down, even if it wasn't the 50k or even if only 12 of those are usable lol, hey! It's 12 more than you had before :P I didn't officially join NaNo but I did write well over 50k, I have yet to find out how many of those words are usable, if nothing else my plot is mostly figured out ;)

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    1. Hi S.K. Thanks for visiting! And way to go -50k with or without NaNo is something to feel proud of :) Hopefully when editing we'll have both written more than 12 decent words LOL!xx

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  5. Yay for getting some words down in November!

    I've stopped doing most blog hops (beyond IWSG and Indie Life) because I don't have the time to visit everyone. I try to get to everyone who comments on my blog and then do what I can for other blogs I read. There's never enough time for everything. *sighs*

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    1. I agree Cherie, the IWSG is the only regular blog hop I do, as well as the Blog Blitzes as I think that's such a nice idea and only takes 2 minutes :) But I must admit I have joined the 50 States of Pray because it just seems such a positive one to do! *rolls eyes at inability to say no* LOL xx

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  6. Congrats on your achievements with NaNo. With IWSG I try to visit as many blogs as I can, some are people I interact with quite a bit but I try to visit at least 3 or 4 new ones from the list as well.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne for visiting - I always aim for that too :) x

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  7. Aloha Suzanne,

    As mentioned elsewhere, thanks so much for helping promote the 50 States of Pray event and it is very nice to "meet" you :)

    PS: I am sure you have thousands of more good words than just 12, but that did make me chuckle :)

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    1. Hi Mark, thanks for stopping by. It's honestly my pleasure, it sounds like a lovely idea at Christmastime :)
      Also keeping my fingers crossed for more than 12 good words!
      x

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  8. 50K is an ambitious goal. Even with no distractions (or 'stuff'), it can be hard to reach. There are those who manage to somehow go over (or even WAY over), but we can't hold ourselves to others' standards.

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    1. Hi, I completely agree. Yes, I would have been chuffed to bits to hit 50k, and completely admire those who made it, but I know I did the best I could with the time constraints :) x

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  9. Returning your visit to my site. Had to become a dead link on IWSG list when life overtook me, as usual. Sadly I'm an erratic blogger, blog visitor, and writer. Anyway endorse what you said about Scrivener, which I just used for first time. Really pleased with it.

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    1. Hi Ronald, thanks for popping in :) Definitely a Scrivener convert here :) x

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  10. Hey Suzanne, thanks for popping in at my place!
    I too believe that if you sign up for a Bloghop, then you should REALLY try to get around to as many participants as possible.
    And I DO understand that life gets in the way of people's good intentions...
    That having being said, I also think that there are those who sign up for blog hops, but just don't bother to visit any hoppers, for various reasons (unbeknownst to us...)
    Congrats on your 24612K words. I'm in awe of any person who attempts NaNo!

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    1. Hi Michelle, thanks as well! I do feel if you agree to do something, you should. Like you say sometimes life is out of one's control, but I do think it seems to be a continually theme. My other thought was my link is somewhere in the middle, and maybe most people start at the beginning or end of the linky-list! x

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  11. Congrats on attempting NaNo. I try to visit as many IWSG blogs as possible, but I can't possibly hit them all. :(

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    1. Oh my goodness, that would be quite impossible! I think the idea is to visit a dozen new ones - which still takes a fair time :) x

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  12. Congrats on what you wrote for Nano. You're farther along than you were before.

    I know I don't visit as many blogs as I should. I intend to, but the day job or I flat out forgetfullness are the reasons I end up not. I try to remember to visit those who commented on mine and this month I took part in the link exchange on the FB page. Also, I have no idea if that answered your question. lol

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  13. Congrats on NaNo! And yeah, all that 'stuff'... Lovely as it is, I've been buried in it too :)

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Love to hear from you. Please leave your thoughts below. Suzanne xx