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The Dip, and How to Figure Out What to Do With Your Life

On the second day that I was visiting her in Toronto, Annie brought back a pile of books from the library. On the top was a tiny book with a cover so simple that it looked like it might be a children's book about potty training.

"A little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick)"

It seemed like a fluffy bit of entertainment. Something like "The Tipping Point" which is fun to read but not exactly a life changer. I was wrong, though. Dead wrong.

7 more thoughts from 7 more days of NaNoWriMo

On Mike Dariano

This is part two of my thoughts on NaNoWriMo. For part one, click here.

The mighty chart of many words on multiple days during mostly mornings.

A) Writing daily for NaNoWriMo has helped build the habit of daily writing.

This seems simplistic and on the surface it is, if you do a habit daily then you will build that habit. The problem I've had in the past is that it's easy to skip a day after five in a row and then do three only to miss another. Those missed days add up in the process of habit formation. Within NaNoWriMo these missed days have a quantifiable weight to them. I haven't had a zero day but I did only manage 329 words on another, the lowest blue bar. My habit is to write each day, and doing that I've succeed. If my habit was 1600 words each day, then the days I miss that habit are even more pronounced.

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