It’s always important to reward yourself. No matter what you’re working on or what you’re doing. It doesn’t even have to be with writing, it can be anything. If you accomplish something, you should pat yourself on the back.
NaNo is a big feat. It’s not easy to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s not easy to discipline yourself to write 1,667 words each and every day. It’s not easy to focus and to put all your attention into that one project.
So, whether you win or not, why not reward yourself?
A Daily Reward
I know some people who give themselves a daily reward. If they meet their word count, they’ll allow themselves something small, like a piece of Halloween candy.
If they get a little more than their daily word count, they may allow themselves to have two pieces of Halloween candy.
It’s nothing fancy, but it helps.
I’ll be honest, I don’t typically give myself a daily reward, but I do think it’s a good idea. If, at the very least, it’s an incentive to not skip any days.
A Weekly Reward
Something a little bigger than a piece of candy, if you reach your word goal for the week (or maybe you didn’t skip any days), get yourself a little something. Go to the bookstore and buy yourself a new book. Or get yourself a new notebook or something.
Because let’s face it, none of us have enough books or notebooks, right?
At the end of the month, if you reach your 50,000 words, get yourself something nice. Something that you would typically ask for your birthday or Christmas or something.
Me? I usually splurge and buy myself a new video game. Luckily for me, Nintendo usually has something coming out in the middle of November. This year, I plan on getting Pokemon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon. It comes out in the middle of the month, but I won’t allow myself to play it until I reach 50,000 words.
And what if you don’t reach 50,000 words by the end of the month? You should still get yourself a little something. Maybe nothing as big as if you won, but at least you wrote something. You accomplished more than you would have without NaNo.