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.
Others have been outlining their strategies as inspiration (because they all have SUPER GOOD IDEAS, a lot of which involve candy).
And some have been giving practical advice and reminders.
Some have just been making incredibly poetic observations, because they’re writers, after all.
And still others have been giving us a laughing break with #NaNoWriMo jokes.
For some, the month has become a family activity:
Even famous authors have been partaking (and reminding NaNoWriMo-ers to get the hell of social media!).
Happy NaNoWriMo, writers! Now open those laptops, take a deep breath, and GET WRITING. You can do this.
(Image via Twitter.)