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.
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.