I'm talking about logging in and setting up your profile on the NaNoWriMo site. Then...invite at least one person to be buddies.
This is mine if you want to be my buddy. I'm RoxyMews on there if you just want to search for me. I'll have an Alphasmart covering my face.
The NaNoWriMo website had some serious upgrading since I last logged on there, and it's still taking me some time to navigate everything. So I am working on getting reacquainted with the platform today.
NaNoWriMo as a community and as a tracker, helped me finish my very first novel ever. I loved the spirit of the event, and the fact that everyone could use it. A brand new writer, a seasoned author, or even a money earning author who fell off the face of the earth and just desperately needs to get creative again before she starts drawing on the walls. (I'll let you guess which camp I fall in.)
Assignment for today is to buddy up. The best part about finding buddies on this site, is there is no forced interaction if you don't want it. You can totally creep on an author you enjoy, or some random participant you find on Twitter or Instagram. If you want to work on the 50k goal, and know of a writer or two who are workhorses, buddy up with them on the NaNo site. You will be able to sneak peeks at their word counts, and it might be just the push you need to write 500 more words that day.
But before you go snoop on their pages, check in with yourself. Will seeing others make you feel inspired? Or will it make you feel like a piece of shit, because you could only write 200 words today? If seeing other people crank out the words will make you feel like failing, don't look. And don't buddy up with them. You can always scope out the #NaNoWriMo hashtags on Twitter and Instagram when you want to see folks bragging on their words.
Frankly, I don't know if I will be able to hit 50k or if I will fail after November 2nd and get discouraged. I'm hoping to start writing again, and forge a new picture of what that looks like for me. I'm going to try something new. (Maybe a few somethings new)
But realize that among the masses of NaNoWriMo participants, you will likely find a kindred spirit. So reach out, and even if you just lurk, join a few forums or groups on whatever platform you mindlessly scroll through on the regular.
What hashtags did you follow? What groups did you join? I'd love to hear about it and get a few more on my own list before November 1st.