- You only have one life.
- Work hard but play harder.
- You can’t do everything.
- It’s okay to say no.
- Better to fail than never try.
- Less is more.
- There’s always room for improvement.
- Write for yourself, not someone else.
- Find your voice.
- Read what you want.
- Hone your art, your craft.
- Your health matters.
- Finish the projects you start.
- Your body and mind need exercise.
- You learn more from failure than from success.
- Research before you jump to conclusions.
- You’re allowed to have fun.
- Never feel guilty for pursuing your passions.
- You don’t need permission.
- Everyone has 24 hours in a day.
- You’re closer to the end than you realize.
- You are worth it.
You go to school to learn, not to prove that you’re some perfect, infallible human being.
So it’s okay to make mistakes, to fail. That’s when you learn the most or should anyway.
Stop focusing on your grades, your GPA. Start focusing on getting a good education.
Learning doesn’t stop after graduation. It shouldn’t stop ever. Keep your eyes and ears open. There’s always something you don’t know.
Figure things out on your own. Don’t give up right away when the going gets though. You have to solve some problems by yourself without anyone else helping you. Still, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Do great work.
Don’t cheat. You’re only cheating yourself. Not just in the traditional sense either.
Be your best.
A list of friendly reminders for writers because it’s easy to forget things sometimes.
- Jot down ideas.
- Save your work.
- Take a break.
- Drink some water.
- Go for a walk.
- Eat a snack.
- Get enough sleep.
- Write for yourself.
You don’t need to thank me.
- You don’t have to be right.
- You don’t have to be perfect.
- You don’t have to do everything in one day.
- You don’t have to go everywhere all at once.
- You don’t need anyone’s approval.
- You don’t need anyone’s permission.
- It’s okay to be stuck.
- It’s okay to change something that isn’t working.
- It’s okay to want to give up on your story.
- You have to get unstuck.
- You have to make that change yourself.
- You have to keep going.
I usually dread week two. It’s a tough time to say the least. This year, however, I’m dreading week three because of school. I can’t wait to work on three assignments at once.
In my past experience, when I get past week two, I finish the rest of the month just fine.
NaNo feels like an uphill battle nearly all the time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I like wading through my own words before drowning in them.
If you can survive week two, you can do anything.
Since NaNoWriMo will smack us in the face soon, I think it’s time for some writing reminders.
- Writing is hard.
- Writing is harder when you aren’t working on something you love.
- Writing is rewarding.
- Writing is more rewarding when you write for yourself.
- Writing is the best and worst thing to ever happen to you.
Go ahead, contradict me. Writing is easy for you? Don’t talk to me then.
I’m kidding. Please talk to me.
- It’s not about how many words you write.
- Enjoy every part of the experience.
- Writing is hard work.
- Your first draft won’t be perfect.
- Every day will bring something different.
- Don’t forget about your well-being.
- It’s okay to make mistakes.
- You shouldn’t neglect your family or friends.
- Bad days come and go.
- Take as many breaks as you need to.
- You’ll surprise yourself.
- Be your own biggest fan.
- You can bend and break any rule in the book.
- Keep writing all month long.
- Keep writing even after Camp NaNo is over.