Monday, November 16, 2015

Pep Talk #1-

Hello, dear readers!

So, I took a challenge to write four (that's right, 4!) pep talks in the remaining two weeks left for NaNoWriMo 2015. How did I respond? That's right:


Soooo, I am here now, to spur you on. Pep Talk #1-

Every time that I open a new document, I stare for a minute at the blankness, the
emptiness, the void, and I think, "This isn't empty; it is full of possiblities."
And it is. It's full of stories and books and novels and bestsellers and essays
and articles and every kind of amazing thing that has ever been or ever
will be typed. It is so full that it cannot even make up it's mind which story to tell.

So it's up to you to choose for it.

You get to make desicions that no one before you has made, with people no one
before you has met. You're in uncharted territory, and it's up to you to chart it all.

Seem daunting? Good.

This doesn't mean that writing is easy. Scratch that. Writing is easy; it's finishing
that's hard. And it is. Finishing. Is. Hard. And wrapping up a full length novel in
thirty days is even harder. I mean, come on. Thirty days? For some of us, it takes
longer than thirty days to read a novel, *coughWarAndPeacecough* much less
write one. And, too, how many people actually get published? Stats show that of
the 80% of Americans who write, only 12% make into the publishing houses.

So why bother? If there is such a slim, almost non-existent chance of your novel
making it off of the hard drive of this computer sitting in front of you, why take the
time to sit down and write everyday? Why spend countless hours brainstorming,
ironing story kinks, filling in plot holes?  Why go bald from all the times you'll
pull your hair out trying, trying, trying?

Because of the Great Unknown, that's why. Great Writer and Famed Author around
the globe today, Mr. C.S. Lewis had a hefty stack of 800 rejection slips from publishing
houses. Did that stop him from writing one of the  most beloved fantasies of all time?
No! And aren't we glad he didn't throw in the towel and give up.

It may be hard. In fact, it will be hard (if it isn't already), but were you taught to
give up every time the going gets rough? I hope not! It's the things that are the most
difficult that are worth the most in the end. And because of these hardships, you will
be prouder of your work. How many people can say that they have a complete
manuscript?

Hey-- don't give up.

You can do it. After all, you're the only one who can do it. It's your story. So tell it.

And as always, Happy Writing!

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