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  • I'm at 32,436 words on this 20th day of November. Who'd have thought I'd have made it this far? After last year's NaNoWriMo attempt of 30,000 words and a novel now safely filed away under 'been there, done that', I wasn't sure I could do this.

    The biggest reason for my success? Logging out of Facebook on November 1st with the intention of taking a break until December 1st. No more time spent wasted checking out notifications and juicy tidbits in my stream. No more chats with friends intent on feeding their resistance as much as I had been doing.

    Blogging everyday about my NaNo journey has also helped. There is accountability in doing that and a sense of momentum, which while I often wish to break it, I am less likely to with the possibility of just a few words on the page being published for the world to see.

    The greatest sense of achievement I feel with this NaNo 2012 journey so far is my commitment to failure in terms of my first draft, while still having a great sense of possibility with this writing project in a way I haven't felt about my fiction before.

    I know that very little of what I have written so far is truly novel worthy, but it's a great start. I know that fiction is not my forte, but I'm still willing to work at giving this novel a go from first draft to 'published'.

    Who knows what will happen when November is over. Will this work of fiction end up in my second drawer? Will it make it to publishing? Will I hand it over for criticism and find I'm not cut out for novel writing?

    Does any of that matter?

    Not right now when I'm 17,574 away from my 30 day 50,000 word goal.

    That's all that really matters, along with my commitment to failure.


    Any other Cowbirders out there taking part in NaNoWriMo 2012? May you be succeeding in your goal towards the forever looming 50,0000 words.
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