The Stages Of National Novel Writing Month

You need to prepare for NaNoWriMo, even if you’re not the one writing.

National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. NaNoWriMo began in 1999 and the program includes real life and virtual gatherings of participants

But 300,000 writers will attempt it this year

Maybe one of your friends

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Someone you follow on Tumblr

Or the guy sitting next to you at Starbucks

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But basically 300,000 people have the world’s biggest term paper due in 30 days, and it’s going to lead to some stress.

At the beginning they’ll be hopeful, calm, full of inspiration

They’ll quote authors about the power of the written word

Jot down ideas in one of their moleskine notebooks

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But about halfway through the month, things will start to go downhill

It might start as a confession on Facebook

Or the decision to skip a few days and relax

You don’t have to worry until they break out the exhaustion GIFs

Or start taking out their frustration on their desks

Sometimes all they’ll need is a little encouragement

Or a lot of encouragement

You can distract them with something shiny

Around Thanksgiving exhaustion will become hopelessness

And frustration will morph into rage

Dole out head pats accordingly

Use your judgment about distance

There will be moments of calm leading up to the end

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But November 30th will be a night of blind panic. Do not attempt to approach the writers

Don’t worry: On December 1st, NaNoWriMo writers will be back to normal, if just a little tired

And they’ll have 11 months to recover before NaNoWriMo 2013

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