NaNoWriMo Day 22: Discovery in Crisis

I have participated in Nano for the last four years. Each year, discovery inevitably makes an appearance. Sometimes it’s a good thing. Other times it’s something I have to learn to accept or be committed to changing. When crisis hits, you learn how you instinctively react. DISCOVERY IN CRISIS MODE Sink or swim. Flight or […]

NaNoWriMo Day 21: Risk and Reward

As someone who spent many years in the finance world, risk and reward are often uttered in the same breath. The more money you’re willing to risk in the portfolio, the larger the monetary reward. It all comes down to, how much are you willing to sacrifice in order to gain? For nano, risk it […]

NaNoWriMo Day 20: Determined to Finish

The days keep flying by and the deadline looms closer. But we writers are a determined lot, especially when the muse hits us in the head. When that happens, we end up with superpower abilities to write. DETERMINED TO FINISH At this point, Nano participants have been writing for 20 days straight. Even if you […]

NaNoWriMo Day 19: Anything Worth Having isn’t Easy

Even in the centuries since Ovid, humans knew that anything worth having isn’t easy. There are even variations of it with “if it were easy, everyone would do it”.  This applies to everything that I can think of, especially writing. the nano journey is worth it Writing is my passion. I love it and always […]

NaNoWriMo Day 18: Just Write

It’s day 18 and we are closing in on the three-quarter mark of our Nano journey. If you’re still in the game, even if you are behind, congratulate yourself! You made the commitment to write that novel and you’re still in it.  That in itself shows your willingness to get the job done. Just write […]

NaNoWriMo Day 17: How Do You Define Success?

Everyone wants success, am I right? It can mean different things to different people, but at the end of the day, we all want to be successful. For the dogs in this picture, it means making it to a given location they were trained for before anyone else and making their master happy. For those […]

NaNoWriMo Day 16: Believe in Yourself

The NaNoWriMo journey is not one everyone in your life will understand. Well meaning friends and family will deter you even if they don’t realize that’s what they’re doing. They may not believe in you. However, their belief in you isn’t what helps you finish this race. believe in yourself first The main ingredient to […]

NaNoWriMo Day 15: Adversity Brings Benefits

When most people hear the word “adversity”, they think negative thoughts. It’s like when you hear the word “fear”. Or the other F-word that brings shudders to millions, “failure”. On the surface, and maybe from your own experiences, these three words are something you avoid. Or something that wears you down when it’s unavoidable. But […]

NaNoWriMo Day 14: Time to be stubborn

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 […]

NaNoWriMo Day 13: Taking Chances

Day 13: During Nano, it’s all about taking chances. To provide motivation to writers to continue their writing journey. But in order to do so, one must lay it all on the line. Stick their neck out. Be willing to put a piece of themselves out to the world. Be a taking chances turtle Like the […]