In honor of Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to balance the sometimes-cynical view we have of our writing during NaNoWriMo with a bit of thankfulness. Here are some of the great things I can thank NaNo for this year.
- Thanks, NaNo, for making me sit down to write every day this month. Seeing those little stats bars climb is just enough incentive for this motivationally-challenged wannabe.
- The discoveries I’ve made about my characters, my plot holes, my writing strengths, and my love for vividly describing food when all else fails have been invaluable lessons that I can carry through this, and my next writing endeavor.
- I also appreciate how much house cleaning I’ve gotten done while procrastinating. I never knew chasing down cobwebs could look so appealing.
- I’m very grateful for this year’s discovery of Word Crawls. I thought I would hate them, but, NaNo, you always seem to prove me wrong.
- The community of writers on social media have been hugely encouraging and engaging. I’m not sure I’d be quite as sane without the cheering, group sprinting, writing .gifs, status updates, coffee jokes, reminders to back up my novel, and mini pep talks that are liberally sprinkled in my feed every day without fail. I have NaNo to thank for that, too.
- NaNo, you’ve forced me to do things. I’ve written while eating peanut butter. I’ve gotten up before 8am. I’ve researched some strange things. I’ve written paragraphs and pages that I knew would immediately get edited out of the final draft. But through the madness, I’ve also discovered that peanut butter-scented keyboards are soothing. That I can write while I’m sleeping. That flat-faced dogs are farty animals. That a scene I never thought would actually matter ended up making the whole book better than I ever imagined. Thank you very much.
Add to the list! What are you most grateful for this NaNo season?
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