The New York City Marathon happens every November. This past November I heard the helicopters fly over First Avenue. I felt the excitement waving over New York City. I remembered waiting by the 59th street bridge, waiting to see my husband run to the finish line—26.2 miles. I can’t believe I made it to Central Park, all ten times, to see my husband Bob, win his goal. But I did.
The New York City Marathon hits in November. The NaNoWriMo hits in November. It is an annual (November) novel writing project that links together writers' who want to make it to the finish line—to write a novel with a word count of 50,000 words. When the clock struck midnight on the last day of November, the writers’ goal must be met. Like winning the GOLD. Writers from all over the world participated in this great undertaking. I was one.
To equate The New York City Marathon with NaNoWrMo is right on target. To run a Marathon the runner is obsessed with their Passion. Need. Discipline. Making a pledge to oneself to run the Marathon starts months before the scheduled date. The runner needs time to set goals, timing, running schedule. Writers' need discipline to finish a novel.
Back in 1996, I took the pledge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. How did I finish? Passion. Need. Discipline. I am taking the pledge to finish Star-Struck Girl, the novel that I can’t let go. But I must let it go out to the world by its Finish.
To all the runners' and writers' out there striving to make it to the finish line, I am right there in the pack.