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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Five Reasons Why I Love NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. The idea is simple: write a novel in 30 days. Doing it, however, is another matter entirely.

Yet in spite of the challenge, I enjoy it, and here are five reasons why.

  1. Word wars. Seriously, is there anything greater? The concept is that you'll be forced to battle against a friend (or two... or three) to see who can write the most words in a set amount of time. And let me tell ya - you will be compelled to just write. I don't think there's anything more crazy. Or more fun.
  2. Writing. Well, NaNoWriMo is about writing, and guess what? By the time November is over, you will have written a novel. And that's a good thing.
  3. Friendship. There's something about writing a novel in 30 days that encourages camaraderie. Or insanity. Or both.
  4. Insanity. That seems like a good one to mention. Take it from the girl who wrote 25k in 5 days - it's insane. But it's also possible. And by the time you're done writing, you will feel accomplished. Be amazed at what you've done... and try not to think about how bad your novel actually is.
  5. Skills. Yes, NaNo is fun, but it also teaches you something. It teaches you how to finish what you start. It teaches you how to let go and just write. Most of all, it teaches you how fun writing can be... and how vital sleep really is.

Yes, NaNo is hard, and yes, you will write absolute rubbish. But that's the point of it. You can't be a writer unless you write.

So write.

And make us all a pot of coffee while you're at it.


  1. Your sentiments are duly noted, and I concur.

    (In other words, I understand exactly what you mean, and I agree. :P)

  2. Ok, this got me a little more excited about the upcoming event. Now I just need a plot...

  3. ^ You and me both... :-/ That's one thing I currently DON'T like about NaNo: my lack of a plot! :P

  4. #4 and #5. So very true. I didn't do Word Wars last year, but I did stumble across Write or Die, which I didn't use for NaNo, but makes for good writing just to get started on things.

    I'm on the site, but unable to send requests yet. I'll send one as soon as it'll let me though.

    And thanks for stopping by and following!

    ~ Chy

  5. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and YES. (extra emphasis on the coffee)

    :D :D :D

  6. oh yes...your design is beautiful!!!

  7. Thank you SO much for your fabulously sweet comments you've been leaving on my blog lately! YOU are such an encouragement to me♥


    and yes, when i get dreadlocks i'll post photos ;D


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