Create A Habit of Setting & Reaching Goals
It used to be said that it took 21 days to form a new habit. Habits can be both good and bad, and new habits don’t erase old habits.
Even the best stories don’t float out of your head and onto the page without effort. You must make the time and develop the discipline to sit down with your pen and notebook or at your computer and write the words of your story.
To be a writer, you must write.
This takes setting a goal, working toward it, and achieving it on a repetitive basis. If you set daily goals and only meet your goals one day a week, while you’re making progress, you’re not being diligent and treating it seriously.
NaNo forces you to take this writing business seriously. 50K in 30 days is a serious business–and you should take yourself seriously too. That means setting goals, and getting serious about them so you can achieve them.
After all, whether you want to publish this story or share it with family or let it sit in a drawer once you’ve finished, the point is to finish. And you can’t do that if you don’t write.
So get out there and sign up.
For your own information, here’s that article on forming habits.