A new lesson from NaNoWriMo…

I realized today how much NaNoWriMo changed my life for the better.


So, I decided last night that I wanted to enter a short short story competition. I had a story idea and everything!




Considering the competition deadline is in two days, my timing is really bad!


Here’s the best part though.

My story is already written as of this morning, it only took a few hours total to get it finished.


There was and is absolutely zero fear associated with facing down the blank page these days. I can see the scene play out in my head and my only desire is to get a decent account of what’s going on written down. After that comes the fun process of editing, which is truly the heart and soul of creating something out of your writing.

You know what though. It’s not that hard anymore. I mean, sure, creating a good story takes work; but the act of writing is much more natural than it ever has been before. Even editing isn’t as daunting as it once was.


For so many years I never actively worked on my novel. I worked on world-building, which is very important, but I never put words to paper to advance the story itself.


That will change this year of course. Now that I’ve finally, as of last week, gotten my dozens of pages of notes transferred to electronic format and will soon be transferred to Scrivener. I will get at least 50k more words written on my novel and probably do some serious editing to what I have already before then.


Do I fear the process?


I’m actually excited to be creating something amazing once again. Albeit, at my own pace now.


All this to say that sometimes you need to go through the fire to find that your fears are truly unfounded, and that you can do so much more than you ever dreamed possible.


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