It’s been a long month. It’s been a crazy month of writing and not sleeping and wrestling with characters and filling plot holes and living on caffeine and chocolate.
Coming into this final week of nano, I know you’re tired. I know you need to push through the empty well of creativity and inspiration and get to the finish line.
But, before you head back to your novel today, take a moment to be thankful and rejoice.
Yes, be thankful and rejoice over your novel. That mess of words smeared on a word doc that may or may not be finished, that you may or may not be proud of, that probably isn’t anywhere near perfection right now.
You may not feel any reason to be thankful for that mess of words. You may not feel any reason to rejoice in going to finish it.
But I challenge you to be thankful and rejoice anyway.
Because so often, we train ourselves to look at all the things wrong with our novels. All the things that should have gone right but didn’t. And so often, when we sit down to write, we look in despair at the empty well where our creativity and inspiration used to live.
Don’t look there. Don’t look at your novel. Look…up.
Now, no one ever said Heaven was in the sky, but certainly there’s nothing so hopeful as the endless firmament up there, be it covered with a canvas of clouds or blue or rain or snow.
Just look up there. The God who is greater than all that—He gave you a talent. And I don’t mean talent like society speaks of it—something you’re good at. No, gosh, you don’t even have to be good at writing to have the talent for it that I speak of. I speak of talent as a gift you’ve been given to nurture and expand, by no means complete.
I speak of talent as a little gift God put in your hands to take care of.
Think of it as a plant. When someone gives you a plant as a gift, it’s implied that you keep that plant alive. It’s implied that you care for that plant and let it flourish.
Say your writing is that plant, and God placed it in your hands. And plants…grow. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, but they still grow as long as you don’t do anything to stunt the growth.
Dear writer, your writing is still growing, no matter how this month went for you. So…rejoice.
Not because of all this ‘love your bad writing’ or ‘you did your best’ or ‘don’t give up’ talk. But because God planted a seed in you to write, and that seed is growing, and growth, no matter how small, is such a beautiful thing. It’s something to rejoice in every day and be grateful for. Not because you see it growing but because it’s planted somewhere and growing.
Think about God smiling at you this month, smiling as you worked at trimming and watering and feeding the plant—the talent—He gave you. Think of His joy to see you, His child, working with what He gave you.
Yet how easily we forget this!
Dear writer, today at least, don’t forget what He gave you. Just look up at the sky or close your eyes and feel Him smiling at you. And thank Him for these gifts and getting you through this month and giving you such an amazing novel, even if it needs so much work. Smile with Him and tell Him about the characters you came to love and the places you journeyed and how grateful you are for it all, but especially how grateful you are that you’re almost at the end.
And while you’re at it, go ahead thank everyone who supported you this month and the family who let you become a hermit. Because thankfulness is such a beautiful thing, such a beautiful gift. And like we hear in the parable of the talents, no gift should be kept locked up inside, be it your writing or your gratitude.
Be thankful and rejoice, dear writer. You’re almost there <3
I know we’ve still got a few more days, but with Thanksgiving just past, I wanted to take a moment to bring some joy and light into our tired little minds. In regard to my own novel, I’m thankful for:
–my villain—he actually did a good job 😛
-my setting—I never got tired of describing the ocean
-Emmet—a character I didn’t plan, but he turned into one of my favorites
-the allegoryyyyy—it worked WAY better than I’d thought.
I’m also incredibly thankful for….
–my family, for supporting my writing and letting me spend so much time doing it.
–National novel writing month in general, because now I cannot imagine a November without it.
-ALL OF YOU. I seriously cannot even begin to express how thankful I am for your friendship, comments, and encouragement. Writing my novel this month wouldn’t have happened without any of you. <3
How are you all doing, my friends? The end is so close! Drop a comment with something about your novel that you’re thankful for and someone who supported you this month!