Episode 43 – To-Do or Not-to-Do NaNoWriMo

As November comes upon us, Mariëlle and I talk about the pros and cons of committing to NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. As an advocate for NaNo, Mariëlle tries to convince me to give it a go this year.

“What people say they want and what they’re willing to work their ass off to get are two different things.” Hugh MacLeod


A large part of getting where you want to be involves:

1) knowing why you want to get there, and

2) being realistic about how you’re going to get there.

Grab your journal or open a new document on your computer. Set your timer to five minutes for each of the following questions:

What do I want?

Why do I want it?

What do I need to do to get there?

Now you’re clear on this, have another look.

Is this realistic?

How much will you have to sacrifice?

Is that worth it?

If yes, go for it. If no, take another 10–15 minutes to reflect on what would make your goal more realistic and what needs to be adjusted for it to be worth it, too.


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