Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Secret to NaNoWriMo

There's a simple secret to NaNoWriMo--or any writing practice--and here it is: Write On!

Boss bullying? Write On!
Spouse sniping? Write On!
Kids fighting? Write On!
Rain pouring? Write On!
Mind balking? Write On!
Body aching? Write On!
Soul suffering? Write On!

Real writers write--and real NaNoWriMo writers write during NaNoWriMo!
For we writers are warriors, and NaNoWriMo writers are warriors in a hurry.

If you need some inspiration, turn (arguably) to the most stirring speech ever written by a fellow writer. Here's my favorite part of Shakespeare's famous St. Crispin's Day speech:

This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.

He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Crispin's day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words—
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Write On, band of brothers, Write On!

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