NaNoWriMo’s Gift

NaNoWriMo is for writers, creators, imaginers. It is a place to begin, continue, or even finish a story. The official challenge of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, and many accomplish this goal.

National Novel Writing Month

But many more do not. Then the writer’s guilt occurs, where you beat yourself up for not making it. And then your confidence takes a hit, and for some, it’s all over from there.

Please, writers, don’t look at NaNoWriMo as a measurement of your ability to write a story. As I told one writer friend, look at NaNoWriMo as an opportunity to make something out of nothing, because that is the heart of what we do.

Writers make magic. And the spell is everlasting, as long as we wield our wands.

You now have a story, or at the very least, a seed of a story. And it is representative of your creativity. Beauty or grace right now is irrelevant. What is important is your story’s, and ultimately, your creativity’s potential. What you choose to do next could either honor them or degrade them.

Please, writers, choose honor.

For me, NaNoWriMo is a chance to see what my imagination can come up with when Eris doesn’t get in the way. This writing challenge sparks my ferocity. It serves to remind me why noveling is in my blood, why I can’t pass over an intriguing story idea. Whatever I create in those 30 days is fuel for my writing post-NaNoWriMo.

With NaNoWriMo, I’m just getting warmed up.

Take from NaNoWriMo the pride in knowing you can write a story for the hell of it. You aren’t obligated to prove anything with this exercise. And even if things go a bit haywire along the way, remind yourself that change is part of creation.

NaNoWriMo may be over, but your creativity is not. It is, in fact, blossoming, thriving, because you’ve just tended to it. This is your chance to honor your writer self, to bless the fruits of your labor, and to follow through on your intentions. Look at post-NaNo as a gift of story. Don’t abandon this opportunity. Open it, indulge in its wonders, and give it the chance to do what it’s meant to do.

Have a writerly day!


16 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo’s Gift

  1. Twenty minutes ago I hit 50,000 words. I am five days late, but it doesn’t really matter – I hit the number I was going for in the midst of taking care of people, feeding mouths, driving kids, teaching, cleaning, and being a really busy mom. 1200 words was my daily goal and sometimes I hit it and sometimes I didn’t. But every day I kept trying. 50,000 words. Done. I couldn’t be more thrilled. What NaNoWriMo has taught me in over the years is that the goal is worth setting and striving for (even if you’re a few days late!) It builds confidence, it shows you the grit you actually have, it gives you the bones of a story you didn’t think you could write. Write on, word warriors!

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  2. Thanks for this post, Kate.

    NaNoWriMo always feels like the first lap in a relay, to me. The full story usually extends beyond those 30 days, and the remaining laps require me to keep my focus or I’ll lose momentum. When I “win” NaNo, it’s always easier to keep going than when I “lose”. But I try to remind myself that, even if I’m in last place, crossing the finish line is what’s important. Always keep going; always finish. Because, sometimes, that last lap can make all the difference. 🙂

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  3. Yes! I feel the same way about Nano – the number of words at the end shouldn’t matter, as long as we were able to put writing first for once and write like crazy. I haven’t participated in a long time because I was always revising and talking about it makes me miss all the craziness. Let me know if you’d like to do one in January! 🙂


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