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Not feeling so weak or insecure after NaNoWriMo 2014.
There are times in a person’s life that they decide to challenge themselves; win or not they have to try. They mutter, challenge accepted. Maybe they do it as Barney did in How I Met Your Mother, or maybe they say it through clenched teeth. After the last few months, I used the clenched teeth method. NaNoWriMo is one of my personal yearly challenges. I do it to learn something new about myself, to test my limits, and to determine my inner strength.
Once upon a time, I was on the outside looking in while writers participated in this worldwide event. When I thought of NaNo and the group of writers all attempting to do the same thing I was in awe. They put personal stuff aside, set goals, and encouraged each other. I knew they built more than stories.
When I finally I had enough of being the outsider, I jumped in expecting to fail. Only real writers won Nano. Real writers wrote poetry, shorts and novels with passion on each page, and words that move their readers, and move themselves.
Was I a real writer?
Some days I’m still not sure, but I won my first year and I won again this year.
The point I’m trying to make is the pendulum has swung back and I feel strong today. I endured until my insecurity faded away. I did things to build myself up like participating in Nano. This year my muse surprised me and made it easier for me to win, but then everything is relative. We know it’s hard to win. If we can do that, then we can do other things too.
A thought to hang on to.
I have done NaNo for almost (not done yet) four years. Every year I have a plan, but I also have my doubts about making it. What if my story prompts don’t prompt? Or my idea hits a wall, peters out, and…
Well, there is no and; I just face failure.
I thought I’d write this post as much for me as the anyone.
Imagination is endless. It is the one thing that the human race has used consistently to further themselves. We are constantly growing, learning, and testing the things around us. It is the one thing that makes the human race amazing.
We are curious and that curiosity leads to discovery. I don’t mean what’s on the other side of the universe, but what is inside our minds, our thoughts. Stories. Books. Plays. Movies. Music. Pretending. All these things come from the human mind. It holds me, cradles me, fills me with wonder.
You and I are a part of this. That’s why we had the brilliant idea that we would write 50k in 30 days. Before we began we felt it and knew that our imaginations are forever filling with amazing thoughts, wild thoughts, thoughts that must be written down and preserved. We knew it then and if we relax and breathe, we’ll be able to tap into it again.
Close your eyes.
Do you see it?
A little light in the darkness.
As you get closer you can see movement.
What are they doing?
What is happening?
Okay—go write something fabulous.