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    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

    You might be thinking

    But 300,000 writers will attempt it this year

    Maybe one of your friends

    Someone you follow on Tumblr

    Or the guy sitting next to you at Starbucks

    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

    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

    Or offer food

    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

    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