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Do You Reward Yourself? [NaNoWriMo Prep]

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?

Do you reward yourself during nanowrimo?

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?

Winner

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.

You Tried

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.

Do you usually give yourself a reward throughout NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!
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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

16 thoughts on “Do You Reward Yourself? [NaNoWriMo Prep]

  1. I’d like to set up a wprd count reward system, but I haven’t picked the prizes. I have no idea what to do for prizes. I have it set for: 5K, 10K, 20K, 30K, 40K, and 50K.

  2. Daily piece of candy? I tend to reward myself after each 15-20 minute sprint with a piece of candy. Also known as, “I need something to occupy my hands while my brain figures out where to go next in the few minutes between sprints, okay now start the next one!”
    When I reach the word count, that’s when I left myself watch an episode of TV, or catch up on forums or blogs. When I get to the end of the month, my husband has been known to get me a card, or take me out to dinner (probably because he misses me so much by then).

    1. Yeah, I know a lot of people who use Halloween candy as that extra little fix. I think it’s perfect, lol.
      That’s nice that you get a reward from your husband as well! It’s hard to balance the writing and everything else sometimes.

  3. What if you already eat a ton of candy…? Guess I need to figure out some other type of reward.

    Seriously though, the idea of a big reward for yourself at the end of the month is a cool thought. It makes me wish I’d taken part if only to justify several book purchases at the end of the month…

    1. Lol, I don’t really eat candy so the reward doesn’t exactly work for me either.

      You don’t have to necessarily participate in NaNo. Have your own personal goals and then set up a reward system. It can work. 😉

  4. Great suggestions. One year I got a necklace that said, “TIme to Write” on it. This year I ordered a t-shirt. I’ll have to come up with something for when I finish! Maybe just a treat? It’s funny how just a little reward is such a big incentive.

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