Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
My plan from the start was to do NaNoWriMo in one day. At least, the default 50k word goal. I had started at midnight, wrote straight till 6AM, took a 4-hour nap and then wrote until I was finished. I think I wrote the last words around 6:30.
Only about 9k of the words actually were kept. But I got the words out on paper, and got the ideas that I wanted solidified, along with plot twists and character development, so if I ever decide to go back and rewrite it (a whole lot slower) then I’ll have everything I need.
The question I’ve been asked the most, “Why did you do it?” or “What’s the point?”. I was surprised at the amount of people who thought it was pointless, and some who were hostile towards my goal. Saying I was just doing it to “show off” or “rub it in”. Which, yes, I did want to show off my achievement, so I am guilty of that. But I didn’t do it to be a show off. I did it because I wanted to see if I could, and if I would be able to challenge myself to that goal.
For me, it wasn’t about “winning in one day.” or “completing NaNo”. NaNoWriMo isn’t done. It’s only day two, and I still have 29 more days to write on. It’s like in a video game. You have achievements, and you have a storyline (in most video games). For some players, they just care about the storyline (the 50k). Once that’s over with, they put down the game, and may never look back on it. Other people look at the achievements (write 50k in one day) and strive to complete those. It doesn’t make one better than the other, it’s just different types of players. Also, beating an achievement, doesn’t beat the game. You still have to go through the storyline to complete it.
I’ve been in a rather bad spot the past few of weeks with my life. Struggling to remain positive and figure out what comes next. This year, NaNo is all about proving to myself that I can do something, and I can push forward on a difficult task. In my mind, if I can write 50k words in one day, I can find another job. It was proof to me that I don’t have to give up. Most people don’t see that though, or don’t want to.
If you see anyone doing something you find impossible, or amazing, or anything else. I’d encourage you not to knock them down. Just because it seems like showing off to you, doesn’t mean it is. It could be the one thing they could do to keep themselves going.
That’s not to say that I didn’t get support. A lot of people were excited about my achievement, and my friends were very excited about it. I’m grateful for them and extremely lucky to call them friends. But it’s so easy for us to only see the negative, and get pushed down because of that. Unless you know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the person is cheating (Such as the person who posted that they had 350k words on day one) give them the benefit of the doubt, encourage them.
The song today, is fantastic. When you write 50,000 words in one day, grammar is the first thing to go out the window. Comma’s, Oxford or not, just didn’t happen half the time. But the song isn’t really about the Oxford Comma, but more “why are we judging each other over something so small?”. When you really get down to it, it’s not that big of a deal how long someone wrote 50k words. We have an amazing chance for us all to get together and encourage each other to write the story we have inside us. Word counts aside, let’s all just write!