I’ve got to admit it — for a while there I was a bit scared.
After a really great start to the month, I started to fall behind in my wordcount around Day 15. Even worse, I started to feel like I was going to fail.
Do you find that the emotional pressure of NaNoWriMo is harder to manage than the actual physical time and energy it takes to write 50,000 words in 30 days? I certainly do. While feeling physically exhausted is certainly no joke, I find that being my own mental cheerleader is 10x harder.
Maybe that’s because I have a tendency to be hard on myself. I often mock myself for being “silly” or “ridiculous” when I’m having a ditzy moment (which is often), or scold myself for putting my foot in my mouth (also quite often). Or maybe it’s just a natural human response to be exhausted by mental cheerleading, regardless of one’s propensity for negative self-talk.
Is it strange then that I don’t find being other people’s cheerleader exhausting in the slightest?
My time as Municipal Liaison for 2017 is almost over, yet I’m enjoying it as much today as I did when I first started months ago. I love helping my fellow writers, encouraging them keep at it no matter how far behind they get, giving them incentives to keep going, posting silly memes and gifs that will make them smile and forget the pressure they’re under. It brings me joy to bring them joy, and I hope that I’m succeeding.
So here’s to you, writers. You’ve been working so hard, and you may feel like giving up, but this cheerleader won’t let you. You know why? Because your success is my success!
I want to end this month knowing that I helped the writers in my circle reach literary heights they didn’t think were possible when November first started. I’m going to keep pushing you for that one more word until your literary muscles give out. I want you to know that there wasn’t anything more you could have done, that you put in every ounce of effort that you could.
C’mon writer. One more! That’s it. Now another one. Good. One more…