(2017 NaNoWriMo) Captain’s Log, Day 16: A Pep Talk?

(Author’s Note: The plan for November is to update my readers on my daily NaNoWriMo progress. It’s a way to connect with you, of course, but it helps keep me accountable, too. Please also note that I’ve added the date that NaNoWriMo predicts I will be done, assuming I keep my pace.)

The tally:

1. How many words I wrote on November 16, 2017: 1121
2. Did I make the word count goal for the day (1667 words)? NO!!
3. Am I on track to finish by November 30, 2017? Yes
4. I will finish by: November 17, 2017

I promised you a pep talk and a pep talk I will give. Actually, when I thought about trying to write a pep talk for all of you Wrimos out there, I thought, “What can I tell them that they don’t already know?”

The answer is nothing. But I can try to send some positive energy and good vibes via the internet. And the best way right now to do that is to view Mark Wood in action. Who is Mark Wood?

One of the founders of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Inventor of the electric violin. Music educator. I had the opportunity to see him a couple of days ago when he visited our school district. I sat at the concert that night, enraptured not only by the music, but by the emotions that welled up when I watched him at work.

He LOVES his job, that’s clear. And all week long I’ve been preaching to my students that you must love what you’re doing or there’s no point in doing it.

So watch the video, kick up your legs, and get to writing. Be the Mark Wood of NaNoWriMo. You’ve got this!

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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.