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Why this year is different for my #NaNoWriMo

This isn't my first time at the National Novel Writing Month rodeo. I first signed up on the website four years ago. And I met up with my local group regularly three years ago and again am doing it again this year.

I've never "won" (which is what NaNoWriMo calls it when you hit 50,000 words by November 30).

But this year, I'm on track to make it!

So what's different?

- Most important for me: The physical difference. Feeling what it feels like to move my fingers on a keyboard at early hours, at late ones, at the ones where I'm ultimately most productive (neither extremely late or early).

- Doing a 30 day yoga challenge too. Doing yoga daily is an affirmation of my health. I love to love my body and what it can do; I love to build heat and ease into a stretch. Honoring that physical exercise challenge


- Accountability. There are people who know I"m doing this!

- A clear calendar. Having a couple of calendars, actually-- one taped on my wall, one part of a planner-type notebook that I carry with me.

- Forgiving myself to keep going. I can be a worrier, even as I work hard all the time to breathe and stay calm. (Some members of my household would laugh loud and long at the notion that I can be a worrier; they'd say I am a worrier, full stop.)

Up near the top, where I say I'm on track? That was true when I first started writing this post. But it's past November 2 as I'm finishing this post, and now I'm decidedly not on track.

But I can still finish this challenge! And that's still the plan. I'll let you know how it went on November 30. Wish me luck! And good luck to you, whatever your goals are this month and beyond.


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