The very last day of Speedbo is upon us. It's important to review the 'why' of Speedbo. Why do we take time out each year for this book-in-a-month challenge?
It's a writer thing.
Speedbo isn't really about the book. It's about the writer.
A runner doesn't only run on race day. A runner runs most days.
In the same manner, writing is what makes you a writer. And a writer writes most days.
Speedbo is a writerly race, a race that is ultimately about proving to yourself that despite the obstacles, you can stretch yourself and you can finish what you started. The lessons learned during the last 31 days should become habits that you take to the next race.
Speedbo is also about crossing that finish line with the help of your support system, God (who put that dream in your heart), your family (who believe in you) and your fellow writers (who get it). During Speedbo you find out exactly who gets that you are a writer.
The most important thing I can impart to you on March 31, is to keep writing. Cross more and more finish lines. Timing doesn't matter. All that matters is your integrity to complete the job you started, to take your God-given talent and do what He called you to do. Because, who are you to decide not to cross that finish line?
Just in case you aren't familiar with the Derek Redmond story, I'm going to share it with you, in words, and in pictures. Read the story here.
"Honor awaits those who finish the race." God's Little Devotional Bible.
Have the courage, the guts and the pride, to finish your race.
If you're a writer, March 31 is the finish line for this particular race. But your racing season is far from over. In fact, it's only just starting.
In the end you have to ask yourself each and every day, WHAT HAVE I DONE TODAY TO MAKE MY DREAM COME TRUE?
This month it was.... SPEEDBO!
BTW in case you don't believe running is like writing a book, here are the 8 Stages of Running a Marathon per Buzzfeed:
1 Excitement (Mile 1) (Chapter 1) This is going to be the best thing I ever wrote.
2. Denial (Mile 5) (Chapter 3) I might be a little behind on my daily word count, but I can catch up. I can write this book.
3. Shock (Mile 11) (Chapter 4.5) This writing a book stuff is harder than I thought. I have to write two thousand more words a day to finish on time. How can that be?
4. Isolation (Mile 16) (Chapter 6.5) No one understands a writer 's life. I'm all alone in my cave. All alone and writing the book of my heart---with blood.
5. Despair (Mile 19) (Fourth week on Chapter 7) I can't finish this book. I suck. Why did I think I could write those scenes. I am not qualified. I'm a fraud. They're going to find out.
6. "The Wall." (Mile 22) (Chapter 9) It happened. The sagging middle. My GMC fell apart. I am defeated. Writer's Block has claimed my soul.
7. Affirmation (Mile 23) (Somewhere in the last half of book) I promised myself I'd finish this book. I am going to write to the end even if it does suck. I won't shower until I do.
8. Elation (Mile 26) (THE END) I finished. I DID IT. Gee, and it's not too sucky. Thank you, GOD!! (sniff? Sniff? I need a shower. Badly.)
This post is deliberately short, because you have work to do. You have 24 hours of Speedbo left. Runners run and writers write.
Leave a very short comment to get your name put into the running shoe for your choice of one of these definitive writing craft books:
Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Brown and King
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Remember that commenting also gets your name in the running for this final week's Speedbo incentives: a $25 Amazon gift card for one Speedbo writer. To another writer, a copy of Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict. To a reader, a surprise box of books.
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This post is brought to you by Tina Radcliffe who continues to write slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.
But she writes.