I Did It! I FINISHED My WriMo!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready to throw myself into relaxation with an enthusiasm only really appropriate for a tween girl at a Justin Bieber concert. But maybe—after taking the weekend off to recuperate, of course—maybe, just maybe, I’ll get home from work on Monday, sit back down at my computer, and keep writing. Because as I said in my last post, there’s nothing magical about the month of November that prevents someone from writing any other month of the year.
Except there is something magical about November. I became a writer this month, because I wrote this month. That’s not to say that every writer has to write this way—fast-paced, every day, with “literary abandon.” But without NaNoWriMo, without going through that process, I wouldn’t have discovered this strange unknown passion I have for writing. I wouldn’t have realized that I enjoy crafting a story in my mind and putting it on paper, even if only for my own satisfaction. I would have continued charging through life without that simple piece of knowledge about myself—I like to write.
I won’t bore you with the implications this has for my life, but what I’m trying to say is that NaNoWriMo changed the way I think of myself. A well-informed leap of faith redefined my life for the better, and it could redefine your company in the same way. Don’t let your business practices grow stagnant. Adjust, innovate, and take educated risks. The world of publishing is transitioning, transforming; allow your company to transform with it.
Kara Robart is the Publishing Business Group's fall intern.