As a young girl, I didn't really like Take That. And I definitely didn't like the song Never Forget that was overplayed during my time at university. It's the kind of anthemic song that suits being drunk much better than it does being sober and taking it seriously. At least that's my opinion.
But I love this lyric: "Someday soon all this will be someone else's dream."
Because it's true. However you feel today, tomorrow it may all be different.
You're on a journey. NaNoWriMo is only the first step in this journey should you choose to go further.
In fact, in relation to NaNoWriMo, tomorrow it will all feel very different. That word count that has tormented and tortured you for the last 30 days, will suddenly hold very little importance and won't demand your attention tomorrow. While you want it gone right now, in a few weeks or months, when (or if) you start writing again you'll crave that word count tool and the motivation and community you found on Twitter. I know that I do for the eleven other months of the year.
What this post, the final in this series aims to tell you is that no matter how unpleasant this month has been, no matter how many words you've written and no matter what happens next, you started something that only remains a dream for some.
Of course, you may be raising your eyebrows at all this, as I did yesterday when I faced the challenge of writing more than 4000 words to get back on schedule to win. It felt much more like a nightmare, not a dream. But believe me when I say you will look back on this month fondly... one day. So, enjoy it while it lasts, enjoy it, the struggle and all.
The dream is only just beginning. Yes, see today as the end. Celebrate it as the end of NaNoWriMo no matter what the outcome. But also see it as the beginning of so much more, and celebrate that too.
P.S. I'm currently in Cape Town for a friend's wedding and for something like a holiday so forgive me if I don't publish as many posts as usual over the next two weeks. Follow my travels on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook instead.
Frances M. Thompson
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