I’ve been on the NaNoWriMo hashtag every hour through this month. It’s been some of the most fulfilling time I’ve ever spent on the Internet:
Occasionally, I will find a person who is behind, and is clearly in need of some encouragement.
So I go all in — clap emojis, exclamation marks, the whole nine. Sometimes I get a “Thanks!” sometimes an “I got this,” and sometimes no response at all. None of those things bother me.
Really, there is only one incorrect response to this praise:
“Oh, I haven’t been able to stay on pace because [insert problems here].”
If you are explaining to me, a stranger on the internet, all the reasons why you haven’t been able to reach a goal nobody forced upon you, you have already lost.
You get no easy outs in November.
You get no excuses.
You get to write.