(2017 NaNoWriMo) Captain’s Log, Day 29

I’m always a day behind with these updates because I tell you about the day before. But here we are, on the last day of NaNoWriMo, and unlike past years, I’m going to wrap up this captain’s log today. On the last day of this challenge.

The thought occurred to me that I should do something different this year, write something on my last log that might mean something to someone, but as has been recently proven to me (again and again), writing is so subjective that what I think might be meaningful might actually have no meaning at all.

Alas, I could find myself in a vicious circle with that thought, couldn’t I?

But many of you know that I like to look back on posts so I can learn from myself, remind myself what I was thinking at the time. Which means I need to mention what I learned from this year’s challenge. So here we go.

  1. I don’t like to play by the rules.
  2. I do like to change the rules, often.
  3. I need a new challenge.

That’s all, folks. I’ve boiled down my lessons to three very simple statements. The reason I like these statements is that I can use them in my everyday writing and in future NaNoWriMo challenges, should I decide to participate again. What? You mean I’m considering not participating?

Exactly that. The challenge isn’t so much to get down 50,000 words anymore. I’ve proven I can do that. The challenge now should be for me to write some worthwhile words from the get-go, even if that takes me longer than a month to do.

And that gets me to the point of this post, I guess, which probably will have meaning for some of you. And that point is, growth. I can write 50,000 words no problem. I can even write them in a month. But that task isn’t helping me grow as a writer. In order to become that better writer, the one I want to be, the one you want to read, I need to find that growth.

We’ll see where that leads me. Until my next post . . .


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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.