I just love Fridays because they get me to take stock of how I did during the week. This is such an important step, even if you didn’t have a good week. We all need to take stock of how things went well so that we can do better next week. Taking stock doesn’t mean that we will judge ourselves for doing not so great work. It basically means that you must celebrate each small victory and believe in yourself to know that you are doing great, whether you met your goals for the week. We are on the cusp of NaNoWriMo. I would strongly encourage all of you of try to participate, even if it is in your own small way, whatever that is. The great thing about how I set up NaNoWriMo in our forum is that you don’t have to complete an entire book. You can complete half a book, a quarter of a book, or just a few chapters. Set up the challenge so that you can get some writing done, but not over the top. Balance is the key to creating the best NaNoWriMo experience you ever had. So, look at your work schedule, your obligations (familial and personal) and set your goals based on these obstacles. If you struggle with fatigue or pain because of a chronic illness, ensure that you allow for down days and times, too. It’s all part of the process. So, with all of that in mind, what are your NaNoWriMo goals? The good news is that you are free to set any goals you would like. And you can self-regulate your writing career however you want as well. Just do whatever you need to ensure that you have the best experience and enjoy it as well as get more writing done. As the weather gets colder, and the days get shorter, let us take this time to get into our offices, turn on the heater or put on some warm and comfy clothes, and write to our heart’s content. Let’s make this the best NaNoWriMo ever! You can do it!! I know you can! PS: If you are struggling with setting up a schedule, please let me help you set up a writing schedule and goals that will work for you.