NaNo Break #5: Celebrate, You’ve Earned It!

It’s the last day of November and NaNoWriMo 2016. Whether you’ve reached the purple bar or not, you deserve a huge CONGRATULATIONS for taking this challenge! It’s not easy to write 50,000 words in a month, so now is the perfect time to reward yourself and celebrate.


Gather your writing friends for a party

If you have friends who also participated in NaNo, why not celebrate together? Ask everyone to bring a little something (cookies, sandwiches, candy, chocolate… the usual stuff) and talk about your achievement.

You can read the best parts of your novels to each other, share any nanoisms you encountered or simply bash the questionable work of literature you’ve produced.

Or take it in a completely different direction and instead of the written word, indulge yourselves in a TV show marathon, a couple of good movies or some great games.

Reward yourself

I know Christmas is coming up but why not take this chance to do something for yourself? I love me some chocolate, but the reward can just as well be the newest CD of your favorite band or a dinner at your favorite restaurant.

It doesn’t have to me material, either. A day (or even an hour or two) dedicated purely for relaxation works just as well. I’m thinking sauna and a Disney film, but you can take that into any direction you want.

Share your joy

You’ve accomplished something amazing so you should definitely share the joy! Announce your win on the NaNo forums, create a blog post or simply tweet using #NaNoWinner2016. If you can, attach your daily word counts/graphs. It’s cool to see how others managed their month.

Here’s my progress:


Plan ahead — and take a break

Yes, yes, this a time for celebration but we all know how easy it is to fall out of a good habit. Make a plan for December, January, February and so forth already, so you know what you’ll have to do later. Maybe you want to keep writing? Put that in the calendar. Maybe you’re ready to edit? Mark it in.

Once you know how your life is going to continue until next NaNo (be it Camp or the November one), you’ll be much more likely to actually accomplish it. Instead of just, you know, thinking you’ll figure it out once you get down from your Winner’s High.

I heard you liked breaks so I put a break in the break post so you can plan a break while reading a– I’m terrible sorry. Really. But while you’re making your plan, leave a moment of utter and pure nothingness in it.

NaNo is over so it’s okay to stop and contemplate for a moment. Allow yourself to fully relax and forget everything about your novel for a while. It’ll help you tackle the next project.

Then get back to writing. Those words won’t write themselves!


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