What I Learned About Faith From NaNoWriMo


If you’ve looked at my profile (Stalker! just kidding.), you’ve probably noticed that I’m a writer. And I have to admit, it’s one of the biggest parts of my life. I’ve been writing and storytelling ever since I was little, but that doesn’t mean my writing has always been as good as it is now.

The thing that got me really serious about writing was NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. Basically, this is when writers from all over the world (seriously, why is it called National?! But it would be really weird if they changed that now.) ditch all else to write a novel, typically 50K — yup, 50 THOUSAND words — in a whole month. That’s 1,667 words a day. (There are also people who aim higher than that.) But there’s also the Young Writer’s Program (YWP) that I participate in and you can set your own word count goal, but the standard for the YWP is 30K words, or one thousand words a day. If you participate in it, high five and good luck. (Come stalk me. My username is icefire29 on the YWP)
Interested? Have the links: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ || http://nanowrimo.org/


I’ve been participating in this since November of 2013, so this will be my third time. This year, I’m aiming for thirty thousand words by the end of the month — more than I’ve ever thought I could achieve. It’s been pretty nuts — there have been good days and bad days, days where the words just flow out of my brain and days where I have almost no idea what to write. There have been days where I’ve easily written past my word count goal, and days where I’ve fallen behind by almost a thousand words. But still, I constantly strive to reach my daily word count goal… because, like our Faith, if we’re not moving forward, we’re falling back.

So as I was thinking about the ultimate craziness of the idea of NaNo, I was stricken by the similarity between it and our faith. With this writing challenge, we’re trying to achieve a goal that is seemingly impossible to reach at times — just like how Heaven seems so far for us sometimes. Sometimes we have good days. We’ll have heavenly assistance or a spiritual high (or inspiration, if writing). But those don’t last forever. Sometimes we have bad days (like when writers get the dreaded writer’s block). When things seem difficult, when we’re spiritually dry, or we’re not on spiritual highs. we have to keep going. We have to keep going to Mass and keep up with our prayers.

So that’s the message I have for you today — if you’re in a rough spot, keep going even though it seems like it’s not working, or if it seems like you’re not going anywhere. Because it’s just another rut and you’ll get out of it, by the grace of God. Something tells me I have more to say, but my brain is dead, from both sickness and writing, so I’ll leave it at that!

– Christine Therese

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