It's November first again, the official start to National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. Are you already feeling the pressure to hit those daily word-count goals? Create something magical? Write that masterpiece? Get up, Get up, pressure, pressure... Paint the scene for me, Paint it bright and clear... So, maybe Bastille isn't talking about the pressure to write a great novel in their song "Lethargy" but, nonetheless, it plays in my head when I sit down in front of a blank page. So how do we keep going when we're weighed down with pressure, almost before we've even begun? Here are my tips for tackling your writing goals, whether you participate in NaNoWriMo or not: 1. Write Now. Some people will make excuses. Others will write. Those excuses might be valid, by the way, and there are many great writers who completely ignore NaNoWriMo. That's fine. But if YOU want to participate, then don't make excuses. Go Write. 2.