What Kept Me Motivated During NaNoWriMo

Keeping up with my review of NaNoWriMo this month, I got to thinking about what kept me going day after day. These tips can help many of us any month of the year, so I felt it relevant to post.

Throughout the month of November, many of us buckled down and attempted to hit that 50,000 word goal. Some of us succeeded, others didn’t, but the biggest thing was that we tried, right? I feel like everyone’s a winner if they just show up. Today’s post is about the things that kept me going throughout the month. I know I’m not the only one who jumped in on November 1st feeling hopeful and supremely motivated, and nearly fell out by November 7th (or 2nd) feeling deflated and hopeless. I had a lot of ups and downs throughout the month. A lot of things got in my way despite my best attempts to keep a schedule and push everyone out of my way, I am still a step-mother and actually basically a single parent Monday-Friday. I still have a full-time job that I work 40+ hours a week at. I commute almost an hour each way. I didn’t have a gang of people behind me in my “real life”. I’m actually not sure how many of my friends and family (that knew what I was doing) really thought I would stick with it. I depended a bit on the forums and a small group of ladies that I met on facebook to keep me going. There are a lot of obstacles. I have a lot of excuses that I could pull out, but I also have a lot of willpower that pushed me to just keep writing and I chose day after day to believe in myself. Here are some quotes I came across throughout the month that helped keep me going.

 

Maybe the hardest part of life is just having the courage to try.” – Rachel Hollis. Rachel gave these quote cards out at the Austin Book Fest this year and I have it displayed on my desk. From time to time throughout this year, especially during November, I would look at it and think, “Yes! I just have to have the courage to try.”

 

If you want to be a writer, the sole requirement is that you write.”

 

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” How much truth is there here? We can dream of doing a lot of things, but until we do the work, our dreams are not going to come true.

 

For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of and if you find that you are not, I hope you find the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

What keeps you motivated? I am a huge fan of quotes and “words of affirmation” is my love language. If you have any suggestions, let me know!