NaNoWriMo 2020 – On your marks

The Thinking Read

Oh the anticipation. The heady excitement of tomorrow. It’s almost here – NaNoWriMo. Are you ready?

My answer is always – No, I’m not.

No matter the number of practice or planning sessions, despite very effort I can make to ‘prepare’ myself I always face the first week of NaNoWriMo with a bit of trepidation.

There is no absolute 100% being ready for me. There is always one more thought, or one more detail to squeeze in at he last moment. Those last minute flurries of activity are punctuated by the cold hands of dread grasping my heart. Can I do this? Am I gonna fail, again?

I have to stop to take a moment to remind myself, that’s normal. It’s very human to look at a big task and to e overwhelmed by the sheer size of it.

And then I remind myself that I and the other folks who are embarking on this journey with me are not just people, we are writers. We are fueled by passion, emotions and the unexplainable joy of putting words on a page. There is not a mountain that we cannot climb.

Even the folks who are doing this for the first time, don’t let the size of the challenge daunt you. You have within you the same desires and fire that all of us have. Add to that the support of a community where we have all stood at the foot of A MOUNTAIN for the first time and wondered – could we do it.

The answer is yes. Because we are writers. We shape worlds and command gods within the landscape of our minds. What is a mountain to stand in our way?

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