• T. Mark Mangum

NaNoWriMo, Week Two Wrap up.

Week two was a brainbuster. Like many of my fellow WriMos I am fully employed so to ensure I have a proper amount of time to get my writing work completed each day, I have been waking up at 3:00 am, writing for 4 hours, and then head to work. I have to admit that I am a lucky employee in that for the time being, (Due to COVID-19) I am working from home. but at 7:00 Am I have to fire up my work computer and overburden my internet with work requirements, I attend meetings, have reports due, etc., etc., Not looking for sympathy, I know I am not alone.

I do believe that on Wednesday, the 3:00 am thing caught up to me and for practically 3 hours I sipped coffee, and read what I had written up till then, and contemplated in half-sleep. I also keep forgetting to update my word totals on the NaNoWriMo web site.

How to keep motivated and be successful. Well, I took some advice from a book I read by Timothy Ferris, called the Four Hour Body. In this book about Body makeovers, Mr. Ferris talks of the Four Principles of Failure-Proofing. They are;

  1. Make it Conscious, 2. Make it a game, 3. Make it competitive, 4. create small attainable goals.

For me, making it competitive comes in the form of a close friend who is doing NaNoWriMo as well. We are always talking smack to each other about word count, and when we got up, and when we stopped writing, or if we did extra writing later on in the day. It really helped keep me motivated.

I am happy with my progress, I hope all of you who are writing with me during November 2020’s NaNoWriMo are doing well and making progress also.

Thanks and take care. My web page is www.tmarkmangum.com, please visit, read, and subscribe, so I can let you know when I have published a new story.


This is my most recent story published in Illumination on Medium.

Copyright: T. Mark Mangum, 2020. All rights reserved. No part of my story may be copied, reprinted, or published without my written consent.

T. Mark Mangum, is the product of the 60s and 70s, his imagination, wonder, thoughts, and ponderings, emboldened by Star Trek, Star Wars, Conan the Barbarian, and The Hobbit. He loves a good story and hopes you will love reading his stories. Veteran, Father, TTRPG, and Board Game Junkie. He spent 20 years in the United States Army, another 10 working for the government, before realizing he should write.

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