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20 Things Only Writers Will Understand

With National Novel Writing Month only a few days away, let's pay homage to the creative, the misunderstood, the overworked-underpaid writers lurking in our bookstores, libraries and anywhere caffeine might be found.

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6. We appreciate the encouragement of our friends, family, co-workers, and that guy on the bus who keeps looking over our shoulder. / Via

... Really, we do. Not even being sarcastic. Thank you for pushing us when we needed it, and offering tea on days where our brains don't word good.

17. Not everyone is going to be a New York Times best-seller, but someone has to be. Who says it can't be you?

18. You won't be doing it alone. There's a damn good writer's community at the touch your fingers. Use it.

There are tens of thousands of others just like you, struggling with their plots, barely managing misbehaving characters, wanting to live out their dreams. These people have support, motivation, and research you can pinch so you don't have to do it yourself.

19. Writers want other writers to succeed. The most important tool you can give yourself is a good support base. They will keep you writing long after the coffee runs out and the adrenaline wears off.

Sometimes they even bring their own adrenaline! Who says 'fight or flight' doesn't help your writing quality?

20. You can't edit a blank page. Start writing today.

Write. Even if it's terrible. Even if you only have 10 minutes to scrawl in a notepad on the bus or between classes. Even if you don't think it will make any sense later. Write it down. You can edit it when it's finished, but if there's nothing on the page it will never get finished at all. It doesn't have to be good to be worth your time.

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