This is our last day of… what? Sleeping, leisurely meals, spending time with the family, our sanity? Maybe all of those things, but it’s also the start of commitment, endurance, achievement. We’ve chosen to participate in this writing adventure called NaNoWriMo because we believe there is a worthy and attainable goal just thirty days away.
By accepting the challenge we have each made ourself a promise. We will try and we will keep trying.
And just for good measure take with you the following admonition as you venture into the NaNo forest tomorrow. (I heard it from Jessica Morrell who was quoting Margaret Atwood who in turn had been quoting Alfred Lord Tennyson — sorry, I know that’s convoluted, and now I’m quoting it, too, but it’s so applicable.)
“Doubt not, go forward – if thou doubt, the beasts will tear thee piecemeal.”*
If we stop trying before November 30th the beasts of failure will be there to do more than gloat. They’ll gorge themselves on our self-esteem, mercilessly ripping it from our hearts.
Okay, so I ran out of pithy, encouraging words to use for motivation. Isn’t fear a better motivator, anyway? 😉
[*The Holy Grail, Alfred Lord Tennyson]