We hope that for you, this marathon has been a month of going deeper, and finding meaning and inspiration from your work.
Whether you've finished the full marathon, or instead found yourself running a half marathon or 5K, take a moment as the month ends to look at what went well with your writing or illustrating this month, and to evaluate whether you could continue it on an ongoing basis. Could you do mini-marathon weekends every other month? Or keep a notebook with you to record ideas before they slip away? Figure out what worked, and run with it.
One of the most helpful things about the marathon is idea generation, but, as Jean said this week, the marathon puts those ideas to the test. You get to see if you can actually make them work. And if they don't work one day, maybe they'll work the next. Or maybe you find, after a week of coming at it from different directions, it's time to move on. If it's still an idea that keeps nibbling at the edges of your consciousness though, you might find that your brain eventually figures out how to make it work. So don't pitch those files or notebooks quite yet.
We'd like to thank Will Strong once again for the great marathon logo. Thanks also to all of you who have run with us this month. Take a moment to let everyone know how your marathon month went in the comments section of the blog (I noticed a few already on the last post). While you may feel that it's time for a break after marathon madness, it will soon be time to March into revisions. We wish you the best of luck, and look forward to next year!