"The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel --- these are the things what will endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events themselves.” - Vince Lombardi
NaNo is coming to an end and I just turned the corner on 30k. Obviously it's not going to be a win for me this year because I am not Superman and I can't write almost 20,000 words in three days.
But I still think I won. Look back at the Lombardi quote. I found the will to win and it goes way beyond NaNoWriMo. I found the will to excel at writing - to really knock the sucker out of the park, and NaNo allowed me to find the story that I thought was there. I also figured out that writing 1,000 words a day, something that I used to think was simply not feasible is completely achieveable.
I used to think that there was no way that I could fit that in my schedule, but I hit 1,000 words or more every single day. The consistent pace of the elusive 1,667 was too much for me this time around, but I have learned more about myself as a writer, of what I can do than I ever really thought I could do.
The event is almost over. The spirit, the will to win, the will to excel - that is just starting.