(Almost) Halfway through the NaNoWriMo Challenge

Halfway through Nanowrimo

Halfway there (or almost any way) – the time in the NaNoWriMo challenge has past the two week mark and that means we are now surging towards the finish line. I already dropped the ball on one of my commitments.

Writing every single day of the challenge will not happen for me. I missed a day because of a migraine. The past NaNoWriMo challenges that I attempted started with missing one day and that was an excuse to miss another and then another until I had not written more than a few days out of the challenge. Excuses have a way of drawing more excuses until they overwhelm the task at hand or block out the goal altogether.

This year will be different.

Making a Difference for NaNoWriMo

    – I have the support I need to accomplish the goal. Meeting up with folks in a writer chat each night keeps me moving along in my word count goal.

    – I have help for those times when I manage to get stuck. These same folks provide input and suggestions when my characters are acting up or my storyline takes an unexpected turn.

    – I have a focus for the words I write today. Good day or bad day, yesterday is a gone day. Relying on the words I created then or the words that I did NOT create will leave me spinning my wills in the now.

    – I have a set time that I write every day. It usually coincides with my chat in the writing group. I will take a few minutes to go and do a word sprint (to see how many words I can write). Other times my screen gets shrunk so that I can see the chat going on while my story unfolds.

    – I have others around me involved in the challenge. My children are writing stories and several of my friends are jumping on the NaNoWriMo train. I am them one that brought them into this challenge so I have the added pressure of trying to be a good example.

The last several years I have royally failed at NaNoWriMo. I have the time, but random squirrels and other distractions have kept me from my lofty goals. This year I anchored the ship and locked in my sites. Failure would NOT be an option. I have found that just a few little changes are making a big difference in accomplishing the NaNoWriMo challenge.

Kathryn Lang

#Hope builder. #Dream inspirer. Master of “it’s all about #relationships.” Aficionado of inappropriate laughter, Kathryn Lang believe we can all fly and works to help others find the time to make their dreams come true. She shares with people that are trying to walk the tightrope of family, work, and faith – and keep them all in the right balance. Contact Kathryn today to speak or teach at your next event.

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