For all those writers who thought about it, then decided not to join the madness:
This article really hit home for me. I started participating in NaNo in 2005, the year my mother passed away. I had so many stories in my head, but it took forever to get them out. I’d witnessed my mother’s rush to do so many things in the time she had left, and realized I needed to do something to kick my writing self into gear.
I still have the newspaper article from the Mpls. Star Tribune about some Twin Cities authors that do NaNo every year. My goal that first November (and every November since): build a habit of writing every day.
It worked, for the most part. I’d get up early and write before I had to go to work. Since I started my new job with a forty-five minute commute, I don’t write in the mornings anymore except on weekends, but I still try to write. And I still try to reinforce the habit.