So it is Thanksgiving, a national day to think on all the good things in our lives, but it is also one of the last days of November. With so little time, it may seem difficult to bring your stories to a close or it may be a stretch to get the word count. Nearing a deadline makes being thankful difficult, but my advice to you all is to take a moment to remember what you have done.
Maybe you started the month with the best of intentions, but you’re barely 10,000 words in because life took over. Maybe you finished in record time, becoming a NaNo Winner long before the month ended. Maybe you are nearing the end, but you’re hitting a dead end plot-wise. Maybe you’re somewhere in the midst of all these things, but your word-count is not the most important thing to keep in mind.
You chose to take part in NaNoWriMo. You chose to take time out of your life to do something different. To challenge yourself. You are not that person who says, “I always thought about writing a book one day,” but never does. You are a courageous individual and, even if you do not get to be a Winner this year, you have succeeded in doing more than you have before.
So today, as you spend your day cooking turkey, chatting with family, or writing fervently, remember to be thankful for your decision to participate in NaNoWriMo and to start a novel. Taking a chance is the first step to something truly beautiful, and we are all on our way.
Note: SDWI is not affiliated with NaNoWriMo and the National Novel Writing Month site (http://www.nanowrimo.org). We are separate organizations. SDWI simply has some members and instructors who participate in NaNoWriMo and want to support the efforts of other locals who are interested in that program.