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Writer Wednesday: Thankful for Words

Happy Wednesday writers and welcome to the middle of the week! Today's post is going to be on the shorter side as we head into a mid-week holiday here in the United States. The historical roots of Thanksgiving are among the darker points of American history , though the modern metamorphosis of this holiday has spun it into one about time with family, friends, and consuming ungodly amounts of food. We hope those of you celebrating this year do so safely. Therefore I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

A Note For NaNo

As NaNoWriMo winds down to its finally days, there is a mix of authors rushing to nail down those final words, those who admitted defeat, and others who have continued to chug along. It is important to remind yourself to be thankful for the words you did create, even if they were not towards the story you intended. Perhaps they were kind words to a friend. Or celebrating something that brought you joy. Perhaps it was venting, a cathartic release for the sake of your mental health. These are still your words. Own them. Be proud of them. You created them from a place deep within yourself.


On a brief note, to offer further encouragement to writers still pushing through the NaNo grind, hot damn you created a thing! It might be an odd shaped thing and you might find yourself at a loss with what to do with that thing. There are the gleaming success stories of authors who went on to publish the stories they first created in NaNoWriMo. (I will even link a few below for further reading) It should be noted though, that the spirit of NaNoWriMo, while often focused on the 50k goal, is about the drafting experience. I would say drafting is about 20% of the full writing experience. The books in these stories went through monumental revisions and drafts after that initial burst of creation and yours will do.


Resources & Further Reading

https://www.denofgeek.com/books/7-books-that-started-as-nanowrimo-novels/

https://www.bookbub.com/blog/novels-published-nanowrimo

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/53481/14-published-novels-written-during-nanowrimo

https://company.overdrive.com/2019/11/01/8-bestselling-books-written-during-nanowrimo/


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