MONDAY FORTUNE COOKIE, 11/19/12
Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
SNARKY RESPONSE: But it’s the hit to your bank account that’ll make or break you. There’s the gear, the airline tickets, the insurance. Hey! Nothing comes for free.
As I sit here planning my exit strategy for NaNoWriMo, I found this fortune insightful.
AND THIS ADVENTURE TRULY IS FREE, AND FREEING!
50,000 words in 30 days! It’s an impressive amount of production. Not impossible as is proven by thousands of NaNoWriMo winners every year, but hard enough as proven by the countless near misses.
1,667 words a day is a more manageable view, especially if you’re doing the work of a professional writer and writing every day. I’ve managed to do that in a couple of 45 minute sprints, not bragging per se, but just to show I know what’s possible.
But the part we should, and most do, appreciate most is the act itself. The adventure of setting your sights on a goal, making a public commitment to that goal, and then pursuing it with all you’re worth.
There’s nothing so exciting as seeing those words fly up onto the screen or flow out your pen onto the page. The translation of thoughts into concrete words is a feat in itself. Not everyone can do it. How many times have you heard “I’ve always wanted to write a book.” and then nothing? Writing a story is hard. And to do this while giving yourself permission to produce what will be for most, a “shitty” first draft, can get your pulse racing, believe me. Let’s face it–while we all strive to produce the best writing possible, NO ONE writes deathless prose on their first draft. Or at least, no one I know. And having that freedom to just get it down, warts and all, without judgement? (In fact, there is a strict rule NO EDITING ALLOWED) That realization can set you free!
So, as I sit here with my less than stellar 2012 performance (to date – see my progress bar beside this post), I’m still excited. The sense of adventure is still there even though I acknowledge reaching my goal is in serious question. Doesn’t matter, I’m in it, to win it or go down swinging!
I’ve still got words to write, a story to tell, and a goal to reach for. That’s a truly worthwhile adventure indeed!