Pre-NaNo Pep Talk


The time is upon us! Tomorrow is the first day of National Novel Writing Month and I, Diamond Cartel, have yet again committed to writing another 50,000-plus word banger in 30 days. Why? Well, because:

  • I’m insane!
  • It keeps my creativity going.
  • I prefer to leave no second of the day untouched.
  • Did I say I was insane?!

Seriously, I’ve done this challenge with NaNoWriMo, the organization that hosts the yearly event, since 2008. I’ve participated every year with the exception of 2 years. This time I’m going to up the challenge on myself. While the goal of the challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, I want to write a 65,000-plus word novel in that amount of time. It’s going to require hard work, focus, dedication – and lots and LOTS of cake – but I know it can be done.

So what does NaNoWriMo have to do with motivation?! Everything! NaNoWrimo is the challenger. The word count of 50,000 within 30 days is the goal. There’s a SMART system here (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely). Completion and inner satisfaction (because, real talk, there is no cash prize) is the reward. Whenever you set a goal in life – whether it’s writing a novel in 30 days or preparing toΒ  move in a year – you need to lay the foundation for the goal in order to succeed. If you’re not prepared when it’s time to start, you’re only adding frustration to delay and reduce your chances of completion.

When I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year I made sure to do several things to honor my commitment:

  • Update my novel submission page
  • Write outΒ  my story title, synopsis
  • Set my writing schedule
  • Put everyone on notice (my kids literally rolled their eyes!)
  • Set reward milestones to keep me motivate
  • Made a commitment that no matter if, when, or how I fall behind I will keep pushing forward

You have to do the same with your goals, whatever they may be. Set your intentions, lay your foundation, put the right people on notice, CELEBRATE along the way, and commit to accomplishing your goal no matter what happens! NaNoWriMo isn’t just about writing stories to me. It’s about improving my goal setting practices. It’s about dreaming bigger and stretching myself personally and professionally. I’m not just creating a new novel. I’m creating a new chapter in my own life! I can’t wait to get started tomorrow! Let’s see how this pans out!

If you’d like to sign up for NaNoWriMo (no worries, it’s FREE!) visit and register. Join in on the fun and feel free to add me as a writing buddy!

Happy writing!


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