(2017 NaNoWriMo) Captain’s Log, Day 27

I didn’t have any intention of updating you on my writing progress or lack thereof, but then, a pep talk arrived in my mail yesterday and I found myself squirming in my seat.

Usually, I enjoy the pep talks that the NaNoWriMo folks send out. And yesterday was no exception. The talk began with this quote:

We are all capable of infinitely more than we think. ~Kevin Kwan

Yes! My fist pumped in the air and I thought, for about two seconds, that maybe I’d sit my bum in the chair and add more words to my already-finished novel. But, then, I kept reading. And what I found out is that Mr. Kevin Kwan is the lucky recipient of good fortune. He admits as much in his letter, the entirety of which you can find here.

His letter is worth the read, mostly because it reminds the common folks like me that what happened to him most likely won’t happen to me. It’s possible, but improbable that any of my manuscripts (six of them in various stages of undress) will just happen to fall into the hands of my dream agent (so many details I want to know there, Mr. Kwan!). But what his letter also does–and I’m not sure he meant for it to be read this way when he wrote it–is remind me to keep the dream alive. To think big, and aim for the stars. To say, “I’ve finished these drafts and I can revise them and maybe, just maybe, I’ll find myself a little luck, too.”

So thank you, Kevin Kwan. For encouraging those writers who are on the edge of their seats, wondering if they will finish up the last of their word counts before 11:59 p.m. on November 30, and for encouraging me, too.

I am capable of infinitely more than I think that I am.


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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.


  1. First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you
    don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there.
    I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend
    to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?

    1. I think centering is important and therefore go ahead and do it right away in the morning. I need quiet to do so, and I usually have a thought or two in my head before I sit and write anything. Sometimes, those first words get deleted, other times, they stay. Each person does something different, I think. Good luck.

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