Writing Wings For You

Marie Lukasik Wallace ~ # I LIVE Poetry – I'm passionate about life and writing and all things creative and poetic!

I DID IT! – Camp NaNoWriMo



There’s something to finishing a goal.I have never done anything like this before, so I have to CHEER  WOO WOO!

Thanks to Rhonda Blackhurst, I joined the July NaNoWriMo.  Our Writing Cabin had motivated AND motivating writers!  It was awesome to be able to put in my own word count goals and have a team to support me in attaining that goal.  Who would have thought having a word count would help out so much?  It made me put my seat in the chair and get those words down!  (I didn’t want to let my team down.) The words I write at that moment may not be the best words or the prettiest sounding words, but they are on the paper.  As the wonderful Bird by Bird author, Anne Lamott,  calls them Crappy First Drafts (but she uses a different word, same principal). The gist she says is that you have permission to write long, incoherent, hideous, self-indulgent, boring sentences.  It’s okay, you’re getting the words down.  You don’t know what you know or don’t know until you know it.    (That’s a hairy sentence!)

Writing helps me know what I know if  I let go of perfection or it having to look or sound a certain way. Essentially, I got out of my own way, and let the words fly. Now comes the beauty of crafting the words and honing them in on the juiciness of the story.

The other grand part?  It allowed me to make so many connections and figure things out of what I want to write and even some of the hows, which I didn’t have before.  There was some element of knowing my path a little better.  Had I just stared at the screen or better yet, avoid the screen with senseless other “have to” activities in the name of being busy, I would not have gotten more clarity.

If you ever get a chance, you have to read Bird by Bird.  She’ll not only make you feel like you’re a person, but you’ll also know that you’re a writer, faults and all.  Here’s to some wonderful cabin mates and fellow bloggers.  Check them out!

Rhonda Blackhurst

Shawn L. Bird



And JohnnaA

Author: writingwingsforyou

Words are powerful and hold the keys to bring healing, play and joy, making life extrordinary. Words can also shift the world into a better place. I am a writer; a storyteller and a relatioship coach; buidling better relationships from the inside out so we can have more joy, communication and love in our lives. Let's explore! Let's create! . ~ Love, Marie Lukasik Wallace

12 thoughts on “I DID IT! – Camp NaNoWriMo

  1. Congratulations! Sounds like great fun!


  2. Thank you!!!! Yes, I did have a lot of fun. You should try it out sometime. :0)


  3. Good for you! You fought the Word and You Won! Yay!


  4. WAY TO GO, MARIE! You’re on a roll!


  5. Thank you Russ! I appreciate the vote of confidence.
    I’ve written more this summer, than I have in my life!
    Sadly, the forward thrust will probably slow down when school
    starts…but it sure was fun while it lasted. :0) Marie


  6. WooHoo!!!!!! I had thought about finally participating but school won out. I fought the school and the school won. Congratualtions onthis.


  7. Pingback: Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 31 (Victory!) | The Claire Violet Thorpe Express

  8. Thank you so much! School is a much better choice. I really needed this kind of schooling to focus and just write! :0)


  9. Yes, you did it! 🙂 Was amazing sharing a cabin with you! I am so incredibly blessed God led me to you for a writing friend. 😉
    Write on!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s