You learn a lot of things about yourself by participating in Nano. Or solidify things you already know. One thing I know about myself is that I can be stubborn. But this personality trait of mine solidified itself this year when I managed to throw a rather large obstacle in my writing path.
Broken fingers Anyone?
That’s right. I broke two fingers on my right hand (and yes, I’m right handed) during the first week of Nano. I tangled with a door. It won, I lost. Not only was I in physical pain, but my heart sunk when I thought about how I would type with one hand. But this is where my being a stubborn, hard head paid off.
I typed, but slower than normal. I used dictation to help me get in a decent amount of words. I’m not great at dictation just yet and as a result, I will end up doing heavy editing on those sections. But I got the words in. Because I have a goal. To write this damn book!
This challenge of writing an entire book in thirty days takes fortitude of all sorts. Having the willingness to do it in the face of overwhelming obstacles (holidays, work, kids, etc) separates the hobbyists from the pros. Only you can know how bad you want it. And only you can make it happen.
Keep pushing, keep driving. Be stubborn. When thirty days are done, a bright and shiny story will be waiting to be edited and released.
Now, go write!
Today’s Count: 23,338 words