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2005 NaNoWriMo Winner
Exercise #51

Exercise #51: Self Knowledge
Posted 4/16/04

When do we stop applauding ourselves? I watched a little girl, maybe four years old, the other day. She was playing with some kind of faux LEGOs, building something horrendous which was obviously beautiful in her own mind. In there, she saw what she wanted to create. In there, the mismatched pile of plastic pieces *became* the beautiful image she was mentally holding.

When she finished her construction, she stepped back and started to clap. She'd done it, and done it well, and she didn't need anyone else to tell her it was beautiful since she already *knew.* The only applause she needed was her own.

At some point we stop doing that. When we finish something, no matter how beautiful, we don't step back and clap. Oh, sure, mentally we congratulate ourselves and maybe we have a few friends we can share the success with, but to publicly applaud? Oh, my heavens! What would the neighbors think?

For this exercise, I encourage you to applaud for yourself. Give us a SUB that details the excruciating work required, the immense mental concentration, the massive amount of energy that went into... what? Something. It's done. It's beautiful. Let's hear you clap.

(If you don't want to give something personal, you may create a character and give them an achievement to celebrate. Let's hear that applause!)

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