Is NaNoWriMo Just a Set up For Failure?

Day 2 of NaNoWriMo

That’s what I have thought in years past. And I never signed up.

This year, I changed my thinking. Instead of trying to complete a novel during the month of November, a task I still find daunting, I am using the daily word count to build a consistent routine.

Every weekday morning, from 6 to 8 am I will work on my novel. I’m still in the prepping stages and that is ok. I am more interested in quality than quantity.

21 two-hour sessions should get me a good foundation for a consistent writing habit.

I’ll be using the Pomodoros method. 25 minute blocks of writing with short five minute breaks between.

When I’m not writing, or feeding my critters, I’ll be taking a Masterclass. Dan Brown (The DaVinci Code) is my first instructor. I’ve already learned tons from his lessons.

I think attempting to write 50k to 80k words in a 30 day period is, in fact, a set up for failure. At least for me it is. It puts to much pressure; to much competition.

But developing a consistent writing habit is an excellent way to succeed at NaNoWriMo. It’s all I can ask is myself at this point in time.

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