Last week I left everyone with the message that you didn’t lose when you attempted NaNoWriMo, that you walk away from the experience with more than you put into it. I still stand by that perspective.
If you participate (or plant yourself and start writing any month!) magic happens regardless.
Stories grow to be more than you thought you had at the onset. Characters take on facets you didn’t realize existed. You draft a lot of awfulness at high speed, yet there are times you pause, smile, and marvel that a particular phrase or sentence came out of your head.
It’s growth, but it doesn’t happen if you keep procrastinating. Not if NaNo passes and then New Year’s and pretty soon winter is over. My experience is those winters add up to years in a hurry. There are mistakes, but’s there’s learning. Ideas give way to new ideas. Practiced methods become insights that become skills. Drafting gives birth to editing.
How about a glance at my “failures?” Okay…
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