November is my favourite month of the year. The nights are drawing closer, a riot of leaves are falling, and National Novel Writing Month kicks in (more about that last point later). There's something special about rising early to write, frantically upping my word count, while darkness still shrouds the world outside my door. Talking of November and writing, it's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post.
The brainchild of the always supportive Alex J. Cavanaugh, the group's purpose is to share and encourage. A place where 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.
Now for November's IWSG question:
What is your favourite aspect of being a writer?
Aspect, as in singular? You mean I can only give one answer? No. No. No. Sorry, guys. I'm going to have to cheat and give two aspects. Firstly, it's when I'm in 'The Writing Zone'. When the words are literally pouring out of me, characters and story sparking into life. When the real world is forgotten and replaced by something that seems utterly real, despite it existing only in my head. It's like a drug, only with positive side effects. Secondly, being part of the most generous, warm, and supportive community I've ever known. There's something truly special about the writing community, and its ability to nurture and guide writers of all levels and all achievements. I can honestly say I've never had a bad experience with, or been given a reason to distrust, the writers I've met during my journey to where I am now. I see no evidence to believe my opinion will be changed.
What about you? What is your favourite aspect or, if you're a rebel like me, two?
On to NaNoWriMo. I'm sad to say I won't be taking part this year. I know in my heart I don't have the time needed to write 50k in the next 30 days. Forty plus extra hours at the day job and only one week off instead of my usual two severely limit my options. Even then, I'm away during that one week. So, rather than exhaust myself, I'm passing on it this year. However, I'll be cheering on my writing friends who are taking part, offering virtual hugs, snacks, and a kick up the butt if you need it.