#IWSG The Best Time Of the Year To Write

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This month’s question: Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?

 

My Most Productive Time of the Year

There are generally three periods each year when I tend to be more productive as a writer than any other time.

The months of October through December are probably the most productive of these periods.

October – Since I’m naturally inclined to write dark stories, this month is probably the best of the three months.

November – Each year I usually participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but I haven’t won one in several years. This year, I came just under 20k.

December – I’m a kid-at-heart and the month of December is the most magical of them all. I tend to write stories that has a fantastical bent to them.

 

Finally, Moving Forward

A few weeks ago, I mentioned (mostly on Twitter) that for reasons I couldn’t say, I am unable to make any income (which include books or any stories I wish to sell).

For a long time, this prevented me from pursuing publishing. I have many poems published, and a few short stories but I’ve never went to the next level.

Publishing a book.

In my mind, publishing books meant marketing and selling those books.

I’ve looked at Lulu and Kindle. I know there are ways of offering items here for free.

But, that created another worry for me.

I feared that my work would be looked at as “inferior” when compared to authors who make sales on their books (both print and digital).

Who would want to read stories that are for free?

So, I shelved most ideas.

Now that I am forty-something, I’m at a place where I’m no longer bothered by these “issues.”

 

The Quote That Woke Me Up

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

These words by Maya Angelou (along with everything that has occurred throughout 2020) have instilled a new kind of fear.

The fear of dying before I’m able to share my characters and their stories with others.

Sounds a bit morbid.

Yeah, I agree!

I originally planned to work on one thing for this year’s NaNoWriMo but ended up working on something different.

I took a short story I’d published with an ezine back in 2007 – in fact, this was my first item ever published – and breathed new life into it.

This story was part of a larger one that’s been kept buried for many years.

One of the main reasons being that there were too many missing pieces to the overall arc of the story (and characters) which kept me from finishing it.

Until recently.

I’ve decided to utilize Wattpad to initially write it, and then permanently move it to either Lulu or Kindle (or another platform).

Coincidentally, this occurred for another story I’d kept shelved for years and will spend the month of December writing and sharing it on Wattpad.

The first story is called In the Shadow of Death which is a Paranormal-Thriller novelette. This will be a prequel that sets up the foundation for the next book.

This story is completed and can be read here.

Christmas Miracle is the story I will be writing throughout December.

Here’s the cover as a teaser:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post has run much too long so I’ll end it here.

 

Going back to the original question – are there particular times you are more productive than others? I’d love to hear!

21 comments

  1. That quote from Maya Angelou keeps coming back to me. Now I’m wondering if it’s trying to talk to me too! Well done on your journey to finally looking to get published. I’m inspired. Because I have the same fears you’ve underlined right there. Wish you all the best!

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  2. Congrats on making the next step in your writing journey! Whether you make money or not, whether you write for yourself or others, if you feel a pull to tell stories, you have to do it. In whatever way that feels good for you!

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  3. There are lots of reasons authors may offer their work for free. Sometimes other writers might have a negative opinion about it, but I don’t think readers do. They’re appreciative of the free read – especially those people who simply can’t afford to buy as books as they’d like.

    I’ve set up a Facebook for free and bargain reads. You’d be very welcome to join and ‘promote’ your free book. https://www.facebook.com/groups/383663789418408

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  4. Congratulations on moving forward. We worry so much about what others think, but ultimately, especially as writers, we have to just take the leap beyond that for ourselves. One of my 2021 goals is to finally use my Wattpad account and learn more about the platform

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  5. Well done, Carrie, pursuing your writing “dreams” and actually creating those stories. It is funny how, as we get older (I just turned 45), we care less about certain things. More strength to us! 🙂 Happy writing in December and happy holidays after that!

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  6. That Maya Angelou quote is another one of my favorite writing quotes. I tend to be most productive during November because of NaNoWriMo. And after April, during the Spring/Summer months because I’ve noticed my writing lags then. So would take blogging breaks during this time frame to buckle down, write and up my productivity.

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