Happy IWSG day and good luck to all those participating in NaNo this month!

Like some of my blogging friends, I've had to step back from the blogging world this year due to unexpected twists and turns in life and I haven't been able to write as much as I'd like either. I'm hoping 2018 will be more fruitful in terms of writing output.

Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project?

I've never participated in NaNo. To be honest, I've never been tempted enough to give it a lot of thought or make the committment. Maybe one day. Kudos to all those that do it.

Wishing you all a super month, whatever you are doing!

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  1. Only do NaNo if you need to give yourself a kick in the pants to start writing. Otherwise, it's best to work at your own pace.

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    1. Sometimes I need a kick, but not usually in November :)

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  2. I love NaNo for first drafts because it forces me to turn off the internal editor and just get the story down. Last year I beat it in 11 days. That book should come out in the early part of 2018.

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  3. Hi Nicola, like you I too have never done NaNo, but would like to do it atleast once.

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    1. Thanks for popping by, Rachna. Lovely to see you.

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  4. Hi Nicola - I'm not doing NaNo .. have never done it - not sure I'll be persuaded! But sounds as though you've worked the best way forward with your embracing of it ... good luck. Also I hope things settle down and you can concentrate a bit more next year - cheers Hilary

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  5. Never have done Nano. Probably never will. And like you, blogging has taken a back seat to other priorities. But I still like being connected to this community. Hope all is well in your world, Nic.

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    1. Hi Karen. All is well in my world, even though very stressful of late. But that's life :) Hope you are well, Karen and life is being kind. Take care.

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  6. Sorry about the twists and turns. We miss you.

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    1. Thank you, Alex. I've missed you all too.

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  7. Lots of us don't do NaNo, though I'm trying to use the month to re-kickstart my writing - but on a MUCH smaller scale than proper NaNoing. Have a great month!

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    1. Thanks for popping over, Nicki. Have a lovely November.

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  8. Here's to a fruitful 2018! Hope things in life calm down.

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    1. Thanks, Loni! Hope life is treating you well. Take good care and enjoy the festivities over the next couple of months!

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  9. Those twists and turns are forever there to make life interesting! I have a few right now and I'm wondering if I'll ever write again.
    Good luck.

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    1. Of course you'll write again :) It's a pity the word 'interesting' comes with a lot of stress, eh? :) Take good care, Lee and good luck with the move.

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    2. I'm still tinkering with WP! Those widgets have me in a another twist. :-)

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  10. I also have never done NaNo. The time constraints scare me a little to be honest! I do hope the new year brings fresh writing inspiration and projects for you, Nicola.

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  11. The best thing about NaNo is the camaraderie, and it can be fun to "win" too, but that's not necessary. Let's hope 2018 will be fruitful when it comes to writing--and in other ways too. :)

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    1. Thank you, Cherie. I hope all is well with you.

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  12. Sorry you've had some life shake-ups but I hope things will calm down for you soon. Here's to a productive and happy 2018 for all of us. :)

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I'm feeling like a fluffy milkshake at the moment :) Hope all is well with you. Have a lovely month.

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  13. I have hardly written this year. I hope to do a good amount of writing this month and next month. I hope 2018 is what you need it to be. ;)

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    1. I hope your muse is kind to you over the next few months, Chrys. Thank you for visiting.

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  14. 2017 was a rough year for me. I'm just now getting my head together and getting to work. Hopefully things smooth out for you and you can get to work too. Writing really does help lessen the insanity of reality.

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    1. I agree with you Elizabeth. I love to leave reality behind and get stuck into the world of fiction - that's when we have real control :) Take good care.

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  15. I hear you with having to step back from blogging and other writerly things. My year has been everything BUT productive in that area. Perhaps that's why I'm so excited to be turning back to my writing pursuits this month. NANO or not, here I come!

    Good luck with everything and I hope 2018 is better for you and any goals you set.

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    1. Wishing you lots of fun on your writing. May it be lots of fun and productive :) Take good care and thanks for popping over.

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  16. Like you, I haven't been blogging like I'm used to. Hope your writing world turns right side up again and the words start flowing.

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  17. I felt like an oddball for not doing NaNo, but the more of these posts I go through, the more I see that it's looking like I'm in the majority.

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    1. So that makes us all oddballs, eh? LOL! Have a great month, Liz.

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  18. 2018 will be here soon. I hope it is a better year for you.

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  19. Those twists and turns are kicking me in more ways than one, at the moment. There are some personal challenges that I am dealing with outside of my writing, like a husband with an incurable sickness that push me to my limit. So I very well understand how twists and turns can push you until you think you cannot. However, hang in there. In some of my darkest moments, this year, my faith has carried me toward the light, and my writing, according to what others say, has reached a depth that I didn't know was there.
    Thinking of you, Lady.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Bless you, Pat. I hope the light surrounds you and your husband. Take good care and keep writing.

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  20. Hope you are enjoying all the things you are doing, and that you can share some when there's time.

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    1. There is some enjoyment, but also lots of challenges that cause frustration. Thank you for popping over.

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  21. I know how it feels to step back because of "life". No fun. I hope 2018 will be better for you.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Wishing you lots of fun in the coming months.

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  22. I'm never tempted to do NaNo either though there have been times when I've written at that pace.

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    1. I like writing at pace. That usually means the story is clear in my head. What fun, when that happens :)

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  23. Now you see, Nicola, I've never participated in NaNo either. I simply don't need more pressure to try and get some writing accomplished. All the best to you, my dear!

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Victoria. Wishing you all the best too.

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  24. I'm like you and had to step back a bit this past year because of the unexpected twists and turns of life. Best wishes for the writing you can fit in.

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    1. I hope your twists and turns haven't been too stressful, Lynda. Take good care and thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.

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  25. I've attempted NaNo a few times and eventually completed most of the projects I started. I'm having another go this year.

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    1. YAY!! Good luck, Patsy. Wishing you lots of fun!

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  26. I've never done NaNo either. It really just isn't my thing. I'm sorry the year hasn't been going well. I hope it gets better for you and that things will get even better in 2018. Keep your chin up, you amazing woman😉.

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    1. Bless you, Murees. I hope life is being kind to you and you are finding the inspiration to write. *hugs*

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  27. Hope you get back into a groove of productivity soon!

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  28. I have yet to polish any of my NaNoWriMo projects even though I've completed the challenge every year since 2011. I even wrote fifty thousand words for April's 'Camp NaNo' more than once. My best stories tend to be short, so that's what I'm working toward this month, creating a new short or rewriting one that remains unfinished. Hope you find the time to write!

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    1. I love reading and writing short stories, Darla. Hope all is well with you. Thank you for popping by to comment.

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  29. Yup. My blog has been a ghost town, so I hear you. It took me a few years before I decided to try NaNo, and it's not for everyone. (Definitely not me.) Besides, who has that much time to write in November? Not me.

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    1. November always seems to be a hectic month and you certainly have your hands full at the moment with the precious little bundle. Wishing you and your whole family peace and happiness.

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  30. I’ve neve4 done NaNo and probably never will. Too much pressure!

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  31. Yeah, I never get my NaNo finished, November is too crazy a month for me as it is:)

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