Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

No Quitting Required

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“If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, you’re a writer.”
― R.A. Salvatore

Yesterday, I reached the NaNoWriMo challenge of 50K words, 50131 words to be exact. For reasons I’m not quite sure of, this year was more difficult. I began the challenge with the enthusiasm and determination to meet it head on. Most days, I enjoyed meeting my daily word count, but then there were “those days.”

On “those days” I despised writing. I questioned why I was doing this since no one was making me. I could be spending time with family or friends. Or I could be relaxing with a good book. Why am I torturing myself? My only answer was, “I couldn’t stop.” Once I started the story and my characters became real, I had to know what would happen to them. Since I’m not a plotter, I didn’t know where the story was going to go, so if I quit, I would never know.

Another reason I couldn’t quit can be summoned up in a quote by Winston Churchill, “It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” This year, when I made the commitment to myself to participate in NaNoWriMo, I knew the requirement for me was to write 1667 words each day. I could try my best each day, but if I didn’t meet that word count daily, I would be left behind to flounder in a sea of unwritten words. I chose to keep swimming.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

15 thoughts on “No Quitting Required

  1. Congrats, Jill! Yes, sticking with it when it’s hard does pay off! Excited you finished it up! BTW–just tweeted you, but if you’re still in WV and would like to be in the ACFW WV group on FB, email me for the details! (heatherdaygilbert (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  2. Many congratulations! I’m so pleased for you.

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  3. Nice job. I’m expecting to finish tonight myself – though it seems odd to me to finish before the actual end date… Anyway – Congratulations!

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  4. People run marathons, too, and that can’t be fun (though runners will claim otherwise. They’re probably the weirdest bunch aside from writers). But when you’re done, you can say you did it.

    Plus, when your writing career grows, you’ll be more experienced from a discipline and deadline standpoint.

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  5. Glad to hear that you made it!

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  6. Hi Jill,

    Thanks for this wonderful post. Your inspiration is very timely as we all struggle with wrapping up this year’s work. For me, writing is personally rewarding but professionally disturbing. I often question why I write, but I still write!

    Your friend,
    Alle

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  7. Congratulations!!! Oh this post rings so true. I am so glad you kept swimming. 🙂

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  8. Oh man. I’m impressed.

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