Sammy Nickalls
November 01, 2015 10:49 am

It’s November 1st. Some just call it “the day after Halloween” (or “the day when every department store breaks out their Christmas music”).

But for thousands all over the world — myself included — it’s something much, much bigger than that. It’s the very beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when participants throw all caution to the wind and write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. Naturally, this is kind of an overwhelming challenge, to say the least. An entire novel in one month seems practically impossible, but every year, thousands manage to do it.

One of the most important parts of NaNoWriMo that gets writers through the 30 days alive — and with 50,000 words officially written! — is the amazing community of writers that get each other through the month (and through many stressful days when it seems as though all creativity is lost). NaNoWriMo-ers lift each other up through the bad and celebrate the good. And on the very first day of November, thousands have been taking to Twitter using the hashtag #NaNoWriMo and #NaNoWriMo2015 with fabulous gems of wisdom, insight, and inspiration — with a hilarious twist, of course. (Because let’s be real, you’ve got to have a sense of humor if you’re gonna pull your hair out over 50,000 words in 30 days.)

Some have been using the hashtag to remind writers to not be afraid.

Of all the things that might derail you during #NaNoWriMo, don’t let fear of “Will this book sell?” be one of them. Just write.

— Dahlia Adler (@MissDahlELama) November 1, 2015

My favorite quote to start #NaNoWriMo: “Jump and let’s build our wings on the way down.” — Ray Bradbury

— Grant Faulkner (@grantfaulkner) November 1, 2015

Others have been outlining their strategies as inspiration (because they all have SUPER GOOD IDEAS, a lot of which involve candy).

I’ll just be over here staring at my laptop screen, sitting next to a shrinking pile of candy. #amwriting #nanowrimo2015

— Miss Written (@miss_written) November 1, 2015

Reward for finishing the next 5k = lunch. Tweet less, write more. #nanowrimo

— Sushi (@sushimustwrite) November 1, 2015

I decided that every time I write 1,000 words I am going to reward myself with a Kit Kat. ITS OKAY BECAUSE THEY ARE MINI jeez #NaNoWriMo2015

— Riley Marie (@rileymarie1196) November 1, 2015

And some have been giving practical advice and reminders.

That moment when you get caught up in #NaNoWriMo and you realized you haven’t saved yet.. SAVE PEOPLE!! SAVE YOUR WORK!! Don’t lose anything

— Konner (@GinjaNinja126) November 1, 2015

3) Don’t query your #NaNoWriMo2015 on Dec 1. Revise before you send!

— Roseanne Wells (@RivetingRosie) November 1, 2015

Okay fellow #NaNoWriMo tweeps, I will remind us daily not to stress too much. All that matters is trying & having fun. Remember to breathe.

— Bloody Becky (@BeckyMunyon) November 1, 2015

Some have just been making incredibly poetic observations, because they’re writers, after all.

The first cup of #NaNoWriMo coffee might be the best of the whole year. A story is swirling in its steam.

— Grant Faulkner (@grantfaulkner) November 1, 2015

And still others have been giving us a laughing break with #NaNoWriMo jokes.

That’s it. No more internet. I need to get some #NaNoWriMo writing done. *closes laptop* I didn’t think this through.

— James Garside (@jamesgarside_) November 1, 2015

Twas the night before @NaNoWriMo so all through the house, all hands were on keyboards and none on the mouse! #amwriting #NaNoWriMo2015

— Hillary DePiano (@HillaryDePiano) November 1, 2015

It’s 9:30 AM on November 1st. You know what that means? My house is immaculate because the #NaNoWriMo2015 procrastination has already begun.

— ghoulish oats (@foolishoats) November 1, 2015

I just kissed my husband and said “see you in a month” #NaNoWriMo2015 has officially begun, this year I will win.

— Me, My Shelf and I (@MyShelfAndI) November 1, 2015

Yeah! Let’s totally do this. #NaNoWriMo2015

— Katherine Kline (@K_Kline_) November 1, 2015

For some, the month has become a family activity:

My wife just settled on her #NaNoWriMo novel. My daughter decided on her story weeks ago. Only 1 more family member to go, and we’re all in.

— Grant Faulkner (@grantfaulkner) October 31, 2015

Even famous authors have been partaking (and reminding NaNoWriMo-ers to get the hell of social media!).

Good luck to everyone participating in #NaNoWriMo! Also WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON TWITTER, YOU SHOULD BE WRITING.

— Veronica Roth (@VeronicaRoth) November 1, 2015

Already done 84K on my high fantasy, but aiming to another 50K for #NaNoWriMo2015. Good luck to everyone else who’s participating…

— Samantha Shannon (@say_shannon) November 1, 2015

I could show up at New York #NaNoWriMo write-ins as well. I’ll never say. I’ll just BE THERE ALL OF A SUDDEN.

— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) October 31, 2015

Go be reckless, #NaNoWriMo folks.

— Bag Of Tarantulas (@ChuckWendig) November 1, 2015

Happy NaNoWriMo, writers! Now open those laptops, take a deep breath, and GET WRITING. You can do this.

(Image via Twitter.)

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