Q: What about National Novel Writing Month?
A: I don't know her.

Just kidding! I know all about National Novel Writing Month. I think I even signed up for it a few times. It didn't work for me, but I know it works for a lot of people. (If you've never heard of it, every November a bunch of people pledge to write a 50,000 word novel before the end of the month.)

For me, the average daily word count I would need to complete was just a little bit too daunting. I loved the way the National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, although I hate that epithet senselessly, the way I hate the term "glow up") community made it clear that this was doable. That idea gave me a real lift. But it didn't have a daily word count, and that meant that I could talk myself into skipping a day. Skipping one day meant skipping another day, and before I knew it, I had to write 10 pages over the weekend just to catch up. 

I couldn't handle the decision fatigue of trying to figure out to divide my word count across the month. I find it a lot easier to choose a daily task and stick to it--I don't have to discuss it with myself every day beforehand. I just do it.

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