The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh as a place where writers can talk about their insecurities once a month, and receive encouragement and support from other writers. It's such an amazing group, it even has its own website now, which you can visit here.
I'm feeling pretty secure right now, mostly due to the amazing feedback I got from the Halloween stories I put up last week. I came runner up for one story, and got a special mention for another, and these are great achievements for me. Because of this I'm feeling really motivated, which is great for the other thing I'm going to talk about today, which is, of course, NaNoWriMo.
NaNo is going quite well for me at the minute; my only problem is time, as usual! I've managed to meet the word limit every day, but just barely. I was hoping to get ahead in my first week, so that I could concentrate more on the big move at the end of the month, but it hasn't gone to plan so far. However, I have a huge slot of writing time today and tomorrow, so hopefully I'll get ahead a little.
I'm finding NaNo much easier this year than I did when I did it in August last year. I put this down to having a more detailed outline and knowing my characters better. The story is also more focused - the characters all have a clear goal, and I know where I want the story to go. I haven't yet suffered from writer's block, which I struggled a lot with last year - there were a lot of moments where I didn't know where I wanted the story to go next.
Overall I like this story more, and I'm really enjoying writing it.