{NANO PIT STOP #4} dear writer, be thankful and rejoice

Dear writer,

 

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.

 

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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

 

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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

 

audrey caylin

 

 

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!

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Riley
    November 25, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I can’t believe we’re almost to the end! It’s crazy. But YES. I’m so thankful for this plant-like gift that God has given me to grow- and thankful that it’s almost the end of NaNo…my family is about over my hermit-ing!

    In my novel, I’m thankful for my character George. He’s kind of the mentor dude, and I reallyyyyyy like him. Also, I randomly started writing a small plot twist that was not in the plan, so. I liked it😜 I’m almost to the climax..

    Your posts have been so encouraging this month, Audrey! You definitely helped me get through this month.

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      November 27, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Yeah, my family’s glad to have me back too xD

      Eeek, that’s so cool! I hope I get to meet him one day 😀 And yay for plot twists!

      Thank you, Riley! <33 I'm glad you found them helpful!

  • Reply
    Emily Mundell
    November 26, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for the encouragement! I’m a Canadian and we celebrated Thanksgiving already, but it’s always good to be thankful year round. It’s honestly hard to believe that the month and nearly the year is over! Wowza.
    I’m definitely thankful that even though I never planned to write a full novel that I did manage to get a lot more of my long, complicated fantasy story chapters done this month than I would have otherwise. It’s also great to get back to a really familiar world and story that I’ve been working on the last ten years after taking a break for shorter, simpler things. Kind of like the Pevensies walking back into Narnia. 🙂

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      November 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Wow, ten years? That’s amazing! I can only imagine what that’s going to be like. I hope the writing goes well!

      Thanks for reading, Emily!

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    Catherine Hawthorn
    November 26, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Definitely give thanks and rejoice! Y’all went through a lot to get these stories written.

    Congrats on a successful NaNo, Audrey!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogapot.com

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      November 27, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Thank you, Catherine! <3

  • Reply
    jemjoneswriter
    November 26, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I love how you pointed out that God doesn’t give us a talent that’s already perfect – we need to look after it. To me, that’s super-encouraging. <3
    Jem Jones

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      November 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Right? Sometimes it feels like what we have right now is all we’re ever going to have. Thankfully not 😛

      Thanks for reading, Jem! <33

  • Reply
    Julian Daventry
    November 28, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Oy, thanks for this, Audrey! Very encouraging! It’s comforting to know that we won’t get things right the first time, but that’s okay. God has given us gifts that we should grow.

    I’m thankful for…

    My outlining process – I’ve never had any issues with it.
    Fellow bloggers – they are so encouraging!
    My MC – normally I have problems connections with my MCs, but she’s a joy to write!
    Shadow – seriously, that horse is so fun to write!
    The music – writing scenes with music are so…feelsy….lol

    Great job on taking part in another NaNo, and here’s to more in the future!! *raises mug of milk*

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      November 30, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed 🙂

      That’s awesome about your outlining and your MC! And you have a horse named Shadow in your novel!?! O.O I MUST READ ABOUT HIM (or her) #horselover

      Thanks for reading!

  • Reply
    Geybie’s Book Blog
    December 9, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you, Audrey. What an uplifting post. It helps me even though I’m not a novel writer. We need to remind myself to be grateful for little things we’ve achieved. Awesome post! ❤️😁

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      December 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Thank you, Geybie! I’m glad you enjoyed 😀

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