By Alex McGowan
For the past two years (2015 and 2016) I went into the month of November with every intention of participating in NaNoWriMo and completing each. Each of those years, I failed to even begin the challenge.
Why? Because the idea of actually writing a novel scared me.
I doubted my own abilities and allowed my doubts to defeat me. But this year? This year I jumped in head first, and I’m already over 13,000 words into it. The change between this year and last year was subtle. Honestly, it all came down to this question: Was I willing to allow myself to impose looming limits that prevented my success or was I willing to blow those limits away and grasp hold of my dream? The past two years, my answer was that I was going to impose limits that prevented my success, but this year I decided to say Adios to my insecurities, fears, and limits and go for it.
No, my novel that I’m writing is nowhere near the best. In fact, I dare say it’s quite horrid, but it’s something and it’s mine. In essence, don’t allow yourself or anyone else put limits on your potential or capability. No one knows how much they can achieve until they do it. Stretch yourself. Spread yourself thin. Undertake any challenge you feel the urge to.
Tiffany Heiser is the owner of Tiffany Heiser Graphics & Fyre and Brimestone Publishing. She is a self-taught graphic artist, an author, publisher, & a loving mom.