As the days of October keep marching along and November 1st gets closer and closer, many of us are checking off our list of things to do before NaNoWriMo begins. We plotted out story, fleshed out our characters (unless your doing a zombie story and then maybe you decayed yours a bit), we’ve scouted out where and when to write, we’ve connected with writing buddies on the NaNoWriMo site.
The next thing on my list is to decide on a suitable reward. Ok, I can hear you all now, “completing 50k words in 30 days and having a manuscript is a reward”, and I won’t disagree with you on that. The reward I am talking about is the one for your supporters. In my case, I have two lovely daughters (1 of whom is participating) and a beautiful wife standing next to me cheering me on, or kicking me in the butt, which ever I need at the moment. I know I won’t be able to complete my 50k words without their help, so I need to have a reward that we can all enjoy.
We have decided on Johnny Rockets as out family reward. There is nothing like a fun dinner out where the family can sit and talk and not have to worry about cooking or cleaning. Besides, Johnny Rockets has great burgers and milkshakes. I love the 50’s style atmosphere they try to recreate, and the bright lights make it easy to interact with your family.
To achieve this reward not only do I need to write 50k words in 30 days, but my oldest daughter, who is participating, has pledged to do the same. So both of us need to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge in order for our family to go out and enjoy Johnny Rockets. Not an easy task, but I believe we can do it.
So do you have a reward planned? A celebration to show those that supported you through the madness of NaNoWriMo that you appreciate their help? A way to release the stress after pounding out 50k+ words in 30 days?
Until next time…