There is no defeat in NaNoWriMo!

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.

NaNoWriMo is about pushing through! It’s about the discipline, and a growing appreciation of the grind. If you do not settle for anything less than your best effort, you cannot be defeated! At the end of thirty days, should you not reach that magical, arbitrary number set by some brilliant guy who decided it would be a cool number to strive for, even then, you are not defeated. Because you did not quit, because you did not give up, because you did not abandon your words. In the end, if you fight your heart out in an attempt to reach the goal, if you lie exhausted on this imaginary field of battle, then you have achieved success and I will raise my glass to salute you.

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.” 

This area is now classified as a “No Defeat” zone! Go forth and conquer! Now go write something brilliant!Image


About Susan Warren Utley

Susan Warren Utley is a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her stories are inspired by the unexpected twists and turns of real life and by her muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy. View all posts by Susan Warren Utley

4 responses to “There is no defeat in NaNoWriMo!

  • Debra at GardenGateProject

    Every year my daughter participates with NaNoWriMo only to become frustrated at how her story comes together and so she goes back to the drawing board.

    • Susan Warren Utley

      The best advice I can give to your daughter is to not worry how the story is coming together. That is for another day, another month. Rarely do novels come out as they were intended, especially during NaNoWriMo. It is often in the editing process that they come alive and begin to take shape.

      • Debra at GardenGateProject

        Thanks for your reply. My daughter is very creative and a perfectionist when it comes to her writing and well most things. I continue to encourage her.
        On a side note, I see that you are from the Blue Ridge Mts. Have always been fascinated by that neck of the woods. I live in the Northern Rockies.

        • Susan Warren Utley

          I am actually “from” all over. Born and raised in Nebraska, moved to Oregon in my teens, Washington state in my twenties and thirties, and we’ve been in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia since the late nineties. I have visited the Northern Rockies a few times. Primarily national parks, Yellowstone & Glacier, and also did some camping up in Banff. Beautiful country! Would love to retire in that area!

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