Tuesday, December 1, 2020

ISWG - December

 It's the first Wednesday in December so it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support group!

This month's question is:

Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?

For me, November is always my most productive month as a writer because of NaNo.  I have done the challenge numerous times over the years, and while I haven't always 'won', I've always done something.

In the last couple of years, I've really prioritized November as a writing month and have taken days off from my day job to ensure I can give everything I can to writing during the month.  I don't usually finish whatever I'm writing in the month - my books tend to be closer to 80K than 50K - but it's a fantastic foundation to start with.

The rest of the year I tend to edit and revise and re-write more than I actually write new material.  Unless I get floored by an idea that demands to be written, of course!  I already know that once I'm finished drafting my NaNo book I'll probably start drafting the book I initially thought I was going to write during NaNo, before my Catholic school lesbians took over my brain.

Finding time to write is always a challenge for me, as is finding the energy.  I write a lot for a job, and there are often no words left at the end of the day for me to mine.  So I write in the early hours of the morning, before work, and during the weekends.  And when I really need to get things done, like editing to a deadline, or really needing to get a story out, I take time off from my day job to do it.

Are there any times of year when you're more productive?  What are they?  And do you know why?


  1. I did NaNo officially for three years and then unofficially for a few others. The first time I tried unofficially I failed miserably (mostly because I moved during that month and didn’t get my computer back and/or get a new one soon enough), but subsequently I had a much better handle on motivating myself. But then I stopped working on long projects (until I get around to doing it again).

  2. I am such a snail writer I could never participate in NaNo. But it sounds like you thrive during November. Finding time to write is most writers biggest problem. Wishing you a great Holiday and stay healthy.

  3. NaNoWriMo sessions are always my most productive months, too. I never manage to finish a first draft during them, but they help me get a nice chunk of it done.

  4. I don't have any months in particular that are better than others. Like a burst of creativity for a few months, then a while of not getting much done. It's at pretty irregular intervals, too. It's why I don't think I'd ever be able to do NaNo!