I ran track in high school and always complained when coach made us take a long run. “I’m a sprinter! Why do I have to practice for distance?” I would question. In her wisdom she explained it built up my endurance.
And so it is with NaNoWriMo. I usually don’t write every day, and I especially don’t write nearly 1,700 words when I do. My usual writing regime is to toss down an idea, thought-drop a page or two, or a chapter, or pick apart a passage. I tend to sprint write, in other words. I’m not much for sitting down hours at end, pushing my muse to exhaustion.
This is why NaNo has been good for me.
Of course I didn’t think that as I realized (often) at 8:30 pm I needed to enter my daily dose of words. I especially did not embrace the goodness of attempting to write 50,000 words in 30 days. And I especially wondered why I would think it a good idea to marathon write when my life was pretty full already.
Because it builds up my endurance.
I know now I can do it–oh, have I shown you my certificate of completion yet?
Having completed the grueling word run, even in the midst of parent/teacher conferences, posting quarterly grades, preparing for Thanksgiving, and living life as usual, I now know I can go the extra mile at a pace that is uncomfortable at times, but still doable.
I don’t know if I will make NaNoWriMo an annual event; however, I do know I like the feeling, that rush, of falling down happy once done.
To those who persevered NaNo, I raise my bottled water to you in salute. Even if you didn’t participate I know you were cheering us along the way. Thanks, I, and we, needed that.
- What Comes After NaNoWriMo? (fulltimewritermom.com)
- Day 30 of NaNoWriMo (clairevioletthropeexpress.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up (allmeanssomething.wordpress.com)
- Day 30: Is November over already? (orestn.wordpress.com)
- Just Because NaNoWriMo’s Over, Doesn’t Mean the Camaraderie Has to End (lindathorlakson.wordpress.com)
- What I learned from NaNoWriMo 2012 (emhouston.com)
- The End of NaNoWriMo (takayta.wordpress.com)