NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 26: Resolved

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“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” — Abraham Lincoln

We’re into the “force of will” stage of NaNoWriMo at this point. Even if your work is going well, thirty days can be a long slog. If you’re not used to sitting down and writing something every single day, you might be feeling a certain weariness. Writing can be exhilarating, but it can also be tiring, both physically and mentally. Sadly, it does not burn sufficient calories to count as exercise, but it is still work.

Very often, the only thing that keeps us going is our determination to do something. We have so many roadblocks in our way that if we aren’t determined, we’ll be sidelined into something else because it really is easier to spend the day on the couch than in front of the keyboard. We’re now post-Thanksgiving, so the Holiday season has officially begun, with plenty of demand on our times. While I’ve been doing my best to avoid spending money on line, there are a few things I need to accomplish aside from writing today and tomorrow. Yarn needs to be wound for the Advent Knit-Along I’m participating in beginning December 1, as I really would prefer not to be doing that during the last three days of NaNo. I probably should check and see if I have the correct needles as well. Rather, I should check and make certain I have the correct needles that aren’t already taken up with another project.

But this is still going to take second place to the writing because now that I’m in shouting distance of catching up (less than a thousand words behind at this point), I’m going to do my best to keep up the pace. It’s resolution that’s keeping me going at this point, resolution to not break a multi-year streak of winning NaNoWriMo — and a resolution that I’ll be able to wear the Winner’s t-shirt that’s already come in the mail without feeling like a complete fraud. But, most importantly, my resolve is to keep at the writing, and I hope yours is as well. It’s what we decide we will do and commit to doing with our whole heart that carries us forward to victory.

We’re on the final countdown now. Let’s resolve to make each on of these final days count.

Word Count Goal: 43,432