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At 4:55 my alarm goes off every morning. It happens on the weekends, during the week, every day. Sunday through Saturday my alarm goes off. I get up, make coffee, go to my office, read the 3-4 blogs that I follow, then write.

Sometimes I follow @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter and sprint with others. Sometimes, the words flow so freely I don’t need them. When it is cold, which has been most mornings recently, I bring the space heater with me into the office so that I get some direct heat on my legs. I fight through writer’s block and frustration and stupid dialogue that doesn’t make sense.

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This week in NaNoWriMo, I crossed the 30,000 word mark. That puts my current WIP at a little over 58,000 words. And I’m still going. My goal is to get to 75,000 words by the end of November. Is this the novel that will make me a famous writer? Probably not. But it’s my story and I’m writing it.

When I doubt myself or my future as a writer, I write harder. That’s always been my personality, though. If it gets tough, then I keep going, harder and faster than before. When I run, I’m the same way. One more mile, but faster this time. Your last 5k was 26:58, do it faster this time. I fight through tough times by trying harder.

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When I was fortunate enough to meet and speak with Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, he said that the one thing that separates the successful artists, whether those artists be writers, painters, musicians, artists, it takes 10,000 hours of hard work in a specific field before one can become successful. 10,000 hours. I don’t know where I stand in this 10,000 hour mark. That’s okay, I don’t need to know exactly where I am.

Here’s what I do know: a lack of effort will not be the reason that I am not successful.

The best part of this NaNoWriMo experience this year is that I already have the idea for my next novel in my head and another one that is still in the early stages of formation. When they say that the more you do something the better you become at it, they aren’t kidding. Whoever they is.

Happy writing. Or running. Or baking. Or teaching. Or anything really!

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