No Excuses November

By Allison Baker

Over the last 15 days, over 70 people have joined No Excuses November. Although its original purpose was to motivate myself (and two friends) to work on neglected projects, it has inadvertently inspired a movement.

After announcing (via Facebook) that I was setting out to accomplish a goal this month for something I dubbed “No Excuses November,” my inbox began to flood with requests to join. Friends, acquaintances, even strangers wanted to stop making excuses and start taking action.

It seemed that everyone had something they wanted to accomplish, something they wanted to change about their life. But they didn’t want to do it alone.

After 15 days, No Excuses November has transformed from a rather selfish project I created to force myself to write everyday, to something every single person participating has taken ownership in.

Even though it’s already halfway through November, I invite you to join us in our journey to make November a month without excuses.

Here’s what you need to know…

What is No Excuses November?

No Excuses November (or NoExNo) is a month-long project wherein a group of ambitious and excellent individuals picks a goal to accomplish during the month of November.

Why No Excuses November?

This project was largely inspired by my participation in NaNoWriMo last year, during which I wrote a novel in 30 days. This spurred a lot of questions as to why I would endeavor to do such a thing. Why would I write a novel in 30 days? Did I expect it to be any good? But, I didn’t set out to write a novel in a month because I thought it would be the Great American Novel (though you can’t prove it isn’t). I did it because I had always wanted to write a novel, but I was afraid to start because I was worried that it would be bad, that I would never finish it, that I didn’t have any good ideas. Excuses, excuses.

But guess what? I DID IT. 50,000 words in 30 days. It wasn’t easy, but I did it.

I loved NaNoWriMo because it pushed me. This year, I didn’t want to write another novel, but I did want to simulate the same motivation and accountability that NaNoWriMo provided. Essentially, No Excuses November was born out of my desire to light a flame under my own a$$.

This time, however, I had a different goal in mind. I committed to writing 1,000 words each day in November (and you’d better bet I’m counting this article toward my daily quota). I also asked a few friends to join me. And as I explained earlier, “a few” multiplied exponentially over the next few days.

So I created an email list, and outgrowing that, a Facebook group. And now, here I am asking the GOTG crew to join in too because, what the heck? The more the merrier!

A call to action.

I think YOU can achieve your goals too. That’s what No Excuses November is all about. This may have started as my own (slightly overblown) anti-procrastination strategy, but over the course of the month, it has morphed and changed to meet the needs of the group.

Everyone has a unique goal they want to accomplish, from going to the gym regularly, to watching only 1 hour of television per day (that brave soul).

Even though I’m the designated “leader” of the group, No Excuses November is built on the ideas and inspiration from its members. I may be the one who is sending out the official support emails and “pep talks,” but it’s the NoExNos (that’s my affectionate nickname for them) who are the most inspiring of all. So much so, that I’m almost reluctant to share them with you. I said almost.

So what’s your excuse?

Join our Facebook group page today! And check out our blog here.

Guest blogger Allison Baker is the voice of Sacramento is for Lovers and author of many novels and screenplays, some of which have even been written. You can find her snarkier alter-egos on Twitter and Facebook.


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