By this time, you should have met your cabin mates. Are they chatty? Are you chatty? Are you procrastinating by being chatty?
Cabins can be a good thing, or a bad thing. How do you make sure it is a good thing?
First, don’t be a complainer. If you are a complainer, things will get nasty in a hurry. You might not be able to keep others in line, but you can keep yourself in line. If you have a cabin where a lot of complaining is going on, get out. It can stifle your creativity.
Second, be a cheerleader. If you are a cheerleader, even if others aren’t, you can still read what you wrote and cheer yourself on. If someone else in the cabin is a cheerleader as well, that is a plus. Remember, you can do. Let them know they can as well.
Always be constructive when someone asks for help. Don’t put them down. Writing may be a solitary endeavor, but we are all in this NaNo thing together. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Also, don’t be checking your cabin every five minutes. If you enjoy your cabin mates that much, treat it as a reward. After writing for 30 minutes, you can check in there. Just don’t stay too long. Check no more than once every 30 minutes. Keep in mind, there is writing to be done.
However, don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do it that day. Sometimes, you need a break. If you decide to take a break from writing, no one will think less of you. Sometimes, you just need a break.
So, get in your writing spot and get comfortable. Get your coffee, tea, or any drink of choice. Get your snacks ready. Turn on the music. Boot that computer up or open that notebook and start writing. Whatever you write each day, be proud of it. It is yours. Own it.