As part of my NaNoWriMo ML duties, my CoML and I are posting thirty days of inspiration for our Valley Writers. I think maybe Day 19 goes beyond NanoWriMo. Perhaps other writers could benefit from a “No Defeat” zone as well.
Shenandoah Valley Daily Inspiration From Your MLs – Day 19:
I’ve noticed a trend these past few days. A word that keeps popping up here and there, catching the attention of all. Defeat. I ask you, what is all this talk of defeat?
Defeat is not an option in NaNoWriMo. Why? Because NaNoWriMo is not a war against some imaginary foe who can crush you by scheduling appointments, making your work overtime, or inviting relatives over for the weekend. It cannot beat you, take possession of your creative mind, or claim victory over your writing soul. It is a battle of words! Your own words! It is a personal commitment of heart, strength and perseverance. There is no defeat in putting yourself out there, for attempting what others only dream of, for putting words down on paper, no matter how many, no matter how few.
Vince Lombardi once said “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”