A little perseverance goes a long way. Case in point: NaNoWriMo. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a non-profit organization that encourages everyone to write a novel during the month of November. Their amazing program–and all the assistance it offers–is completely free! It’s a fantastic resource to anyone with the slightest desire to be an author.
But there’s more to NaNo than just (hopefully) ending up with a 50,000 word novel at the end of the month. It stresses the importance of perseverance. If you sat down in your chair and thought about writing 50,000 words, it can be daunting. And many people could be put off by that looming number, too intimidated to even try. But NaNo shows that just doing a little each day (1,667 words a day, in fact) can add up over time. And this mentality can be applied to other aspects of our lives.
I read an interview with artist Paul Bielaczyc, and he spoke about identifying as an artist, saying, “Well during the course of a week on vacation, I spent about 24 hours total, working on a single piece of art. I was drawing at night, next to the pool at a friend’s house, pretty much all the time. I had never done that before. And when I finished, I finally felt, I am good at this. It was then that I realized that, for me, to truly make a memorable piece of art, it just took time.”
It’s all about how much you’re willing to invest. With NaNo, you need to spend time each day adding to your novel. It won’t be the best thing ever written, but the devotion you’ve given to it will increase your skills, increase your stamina, increase your passion. And at the end, you will have that achievement, that sense of wonder realizing you did something you once thought impossible.
How many other things can we accomplish if we simply spend the time?