IWSG - November
For anyone who doesn't know, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is a group of writer's who post once a month about their insecurities, and then visit each other to offer help and support.
This month's question is: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?
Honestly, the only NaNo projects that I have gone on to finish were the ones I was doing as projects for university assignments.
I've won NaNo a few times, but I've never actually finished the editing process for any of these projects. My most recent win was in July for Camp NaNo, and since finishing the first draft I haven't looked at it once.
I was speaking to a writer friend the other day, and it seems we have the same problem; we both work better to a deadline. Therefore I can win NaNo no problem, because it gives me a word count target and a deadline to hit it by, but I don't do as well on the editing side, because I have no deadlines.
Therefore, I'm going to start setting myself deadlines, and goals for my editing. The biggest issue I'll have with this is actually sticking to them, rather than pushing the deadlines forward (which I'm often guilty of doing).
So this week, my goal is to print off the manuscript on Friday (when I'll have access to my mum's printer, I really ought to get my own), then read it through on Saturday and begin edits. Those are my goals for now.
If anyone has any tips on how they motivate themselves to work on edits, feel free to share!