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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

Keep Calm and Write the Thing (NaNoWriMo 2016)


Okay, guys. The NaNo panic is real. It's real for me because I have one of the most hectic schedules I've ever had in the history of ever, and I haven't had much time or brain power to plot as much as I would have liked. In just several hours, it'll be time to put the theoretical pen to paper and start writing a whole new novel from scratch. Since this is my eighth NaNo, after countless years of writing, you'd think that the panic would get easier each year, but it doesn't. I still feel as new, terrified, unsure, and absolutely unprepared as the first time.


But maybe that's the good part. At least this writing thing won't ever get old. It's an adventure each time.


If you're like me and totally panicking, here's your reminder that it's going to be okay. You have a story that needs to be told, and only you can tell it.  Your words don't have to be perfect. They just have to be out there. (This pep talk is uber-cliche, but it fits since my NaNo novel is also cliche.)

No matter what happens, you'll make it through November. No matter what your word count is, you'll make it through November. No matter what happens, NaNo won't kill you. No matter what happens, you will survive.

Me to NaNo 2016

And remember, if all else fails, channel your inner Ron Swanson.


We've got this, guys. LET'S DO THIS.

Comments

  1. YES. Thank you, Sky! I think these are words we all need to hear before the craziness ensues. NaNo won't kill us. We can do this!

    I hope your NaNo is amazing!!!

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  2. Thanks, Sky! This was so inspiring, even if a little cliche, sometimes the cliche peptalks are exactly what we all need! This honestly has me even more excited to get back to writing. XD

    Good luck this month and I hope you have an amazing NaNo!

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