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Lesson #7 -- Crow About Your Accomplishments, But Be Considerate
Absolutely post your daily word count. Why not? You wrote the words and you should be proud of every single one, whether they flowed from your fingertips like water in a river or it was more like a trip to the dentist to get your wisdom teeth pulled.
Besides, in order to become a NaNo winner, you have to post your total. Now, there's nothing that requires you to post during November. You can wait until the 30th, post your total count and upload your manuscript in one fell swoop. But it's fun--correction, FUN--to see your word count growing, especially as you get closer and closer to your goal.
You're probably keeping track of it anyway, in your plot spreadsheet, in your notebook...somewhere...so why not share and let the world give you a collective pat on the back? NaNoWriMo is one time of year that writers all over the world can celebrate with writers all over the world. It's a nice experience.
Be kind. Be considerate. Too much crowing can come across as boasting. Not that you don't deserve it, but no need to turn others off by being a bit too in-your-face with your accomplishments. In fact, after posting your own results, whether it's on the NaNo website, another group's website, Facebook or wherever you share, take a moment to check out how your fellow NaNo participants are doing. Cheer on those who are doing well. Encourage those who need a nudge. Even lament with those who have all but given up, finding a kind word if you can that might be the lift they need.
Why? Because I'm firm believer that what you send into the universe greatly influences what you get back. You're also doing all of this in public and never forget that what you do on the Internet is lasting. Be the kind of writer that you want others to be toward you.
What was your last writing moment worthy of a cheer? When have you last encouraged another writer?
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.