NaNo Pep Talk #2

I don’t want to say it, but I have to say it. We’re mere hours away from being halfway done with the month.

Halfway done. For some of us, it’s a huge sigh of relief, because woohoo we won’t have to write everyday soon!

For some of us, it’s a panic attack because no longer can we say “I know I’m behind, but I’ll catch up closer to the end.” The end is almost here.

So, to get you pumped, let me give you a baseball analogy because it’s the only sporting event that I truely love.

It’s the bottom of the ninth with two outs. You’re tired. The pitcher that you thought would make it all game left three innings ago. You were winning, but the bullpen left your team a couple runs down. All you need is two more runs to win the game. Two more runs before you can go home. The crowd is behind you, cheering you on. The opposing pitcher throws you two strikes that you miss. One more strike, and you’re out. The opposing pitcher gets in position to throw another pitch…

All endings to this story are different. Maybe the batter hits a home run, maybe they strike out. All I know, is that I feel like that batter right now, and maybe you do too.

You might be behind and stressed out. You might have thought that this would be an easy game to win. Now that we’re nearing the end, you see that it will take everything you’ve got to win.

You still have a couple more weeks to figure out how your game will end. A walk-off win or a close loss. Both ways, you need to feel that you played the game to the best of your ability. Even though you may strike out, make sure it was on the hardest pitch to hit.

Baseball teams win and lose a lot of games in a season. You may not be able to win this game, and that’s okay. Even if you’re a NaNo veteran or a first-timer, we’re all in the same boat.

Just don’t let yourself down by strolling lazily through the next couple of weeks. Leave the field with a smile no matter the outcome, and maybe, just maybe, with the home run ball in your hand.

 

Happy Writing!
-Kate

 

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