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Unsolicited NaNoWriMo Pep Talk

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Well, it’s November. Which means the sane (haha, just kidding) among you are busy prepping for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

It also means that some of you are in the thralls of NaNoWriMo. Or as I like to call it: writing hell.

Can you tell I’M in the thralls of NaNoWriMo?

Sorry, this hasn’t been very pep talky thus far. *Ahem*

I don’t know how your writing is going right now. It might be going great (I see you, Twitter followers who are pulling off 2k-6k days!), or it might feel like every word is being dragged out of you by force.

I’m kind of in the middle, if anyone’s interested.

But if you’re having trouble this month, if life has thrown you a curveball, or if the words just aren’t coming… this post is for you.

Listen. The world needs your story. It does. It needs to discover your unique way of seeing the world, your individual voice. This idea you have, that’s been swirling around in that big brain of yours for days, months, or years… we want you to share it.

Because it’s yours. No one else can write this story the same way you can.

So if you’re feeling discouraged, if you want to give up, remember that. You’re going to shine so bright.

Every successful author had a beginning. Maggie Stiefvater, Brandon Sanderson, John Green, Shannon Hale, C.S Lewis… they all started with an idea and a dream. They fought for their stories, and they won.

You can too.

Don’t give up. Keep writing. Keep fighting. Remember your dreams, and never dismiss them as impossible.

And know that I’m praying for you to be able to achieve everything you want to.

You can do this, author. I promise.

To finish this off, here’s a pep talk from Kim Chance. I think she’s better at them than me. ; )


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