NaNoWriMo 2015: Day 1

I’ve written a little today… I did better between the kick-off and 2 am than I’ve done the whole rest of the day, but there’s still plenty of time. What I did do today was earn a couple of participation badges. For those who don’t know, one of the features of the NaNoWriMo website is a series of coloured buttons that light up when you do certain things, such as reaching particular word counts or posting on the forums. Some are moderated by the website, and some are self-awarded. They’re basically a virtual high-five – no real value, but a lot of fun.

Today I earned badges for:

  • supporting other writers on the forums/social media
  • procrastinating (no, seriously)
  • posting a pep talk in the forums (reproduced below, in case any of you out there are also engaged in this crazy endeavour!)

Okay, so I’m procrastinating (and it’s only day one. Good start, right?)

Some people have already written over 5000 words by now. Some haven’t written any. Either number is okay (well, zero isn’t ideal, but it’s early…) My point is, this month isn’t about other people and what they’re doing. It’s about you and your characters, going on an adventure together.

Don’t worry about other people’s word counts. If competing against other people spurs you on, that’s great. If you’re looking at the rapidly rising numbers of everyone around you and thinking, “what the heck am I doing here?” don’t. You are here because you have something to say. Say it in your own time.

Getting to 50,000 words is awesome. The feeling of winning NaNo is awesome. But NaNo is supposed to be fun. Don’t let the pressure overshadow that. Go to the social events. Get on the forums or the Facebook group. If you have some free time, maybe write a few words. Anything you write is more than you had yesterday!

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