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I finished 50k words tonight.  There were a lot of reasons why I didn’t think I was going to make it.  I had been traveling (3 trips in November!), I had family obligations, I had a day job that I needed in order to pay the bills.

But overall, I made a big push for it and these are the things that let me get past the 50k mark in time:

  1. Family support
  2. Writing Advocates/Participants
  3. Personal Stake

When I said I needed to do my writing, my spouse and my children understood.  I got up extra early some days, or stayed up late other days.  But they all knew what I meant when I told them they needed to carry on without me because I had X number of words to write.

I talked two of my dear friends into doing NaNoWriMo.  There is nothing quite like a shared hallucination to keep one going.

Actually, so many of us have a story within us, or many.  We can say no to it for only so long, but we aren’t getting any younger.

At a certain point, we reach agreement with ourselves and our dear friends that we are ready to give fiction writing a chance and to do it in a brutally efficient fashion.

And lastly, when we share this goal with others, and take other steps to make it real, we create a personal stake in the outcome.  Call it ego, if you like, but whatever it takes, sometimes we need extra incentive to push on.  I bought a cover from an artist to make it more real.  I told those close to me about my commitment to NaNoWriMo for one month.  Those things made it more real for me, and I believe increased my chances for success.

Other things that helped.  Many walks and a Bintiva balance disc.  What’s that? A wiggle pad, because true devotion to the craft usually means butt in chair.

A wiggle pad really helps.