Counting Down to Nanowrimo 2016

Nanowrimo is just around the corner. Although I’ve participated since 2007, I have yet to reach the goal of 50,000 words. Like many folks, I make the usual excuses—too busy, too stressed, too tired—but the truth is, I’m always busy, stressed, and tired. And yet, this year feels different somehow.  

How so? I am more self-aware. After ten years of “failing,” I’m practically an expert. I’ve learned how I work and why I don’t. My strength is that I’m a great starter with lots of energy and ideas in the beginning. However, I know that after a few days I burn out, or I lose momentum very quickly once I see how far behind I’m getting. Therefore, I really need to stay on target with little tricks and incentives/disincentives along the way.

What I plan to do differently this year for Nanowrimo:
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March Discoveries

Pick a page, any page.
Sometimes I can’t get myself to read a book from cover to cover, but I know the book has tons of useful information, and I want to get whatever I can from it. What to do? In those instances, I find that opening to a page and reading a random sentence/section is the way to go. (Note: This approach is not recommended if you’re trying to get into med school—I speak from experience). Continue reading