Building A Writing Habit

At the beginning of November I embarked once more to finish National Novel Writing Month. If you don't know what that is, find more info about the month-long novel-writing challenge here. This year, I'm doing NaNoWriMo more as an exercise in habit formation. I'm pursuing a 30-day attempt to meet a writing quota; that writing can be either fiction or nonfiction. By some, this qualifies me as a "rebel" but I'm not terribly concerned with whatever box I happen to fit in. Currently, the fiction writing is going slow, and the nonfiction is nearly complete—by that I mean I've run out of pre-planned articles to write, and should easily meet my deadlines for the rest of the year. Still, I show up everyday, sit in the chair, and begin practicing. I have written 20,000 words at this point, which is several thousand more than my writing total for the entire month of October. If,...

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