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

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You might be thinking

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But 300,000 writers will attempt it this year

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Maybe one of your friends

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Someone you follow on Tumblr

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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.

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

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

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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

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It might start as a confession on Facebook

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Or the decision to skip a few days and relax

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

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Or start taking out their frustration on their desks

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Sometimes all they’ll need is a little encouragement

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Or a lot of encouragement

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You can distract them with something shiny

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Around Thanksgiving exhaustion will become hopelessness

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And frustration will morph into rage

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Dole out head pats accordingly

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Use your judgment about distance

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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

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

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

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