But anyway. NaNo is in the air, and with it, the usual symptoms. How do you know someone is doing NaNo?
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1. Check heart rate.
- Last week of October: It's running uber-fast, with all the last minute plotting and the "I haven't written it yet but it's going to be AWESOME" ecstatic inner voices screaming all over the world.
- First week of November: Mega-fast. New words! New worlds! Getting those word counts in!
- Second week of November: Skippity skip. The caffeine consumption steadily increases.
- Third week of November: Sluggish, often due to the the post-apocalyptic-turkey-consumption crash.
- Fourth week of November: Unable to assess. Writers keep smacking away anyone who gets near them, or their laptops.
- Frequent breaks = procrastination or too much coffee/tea/soda
- Infrequent breaks = writer is either asleep on laptop or is in such writing nirvana that bodily functions are no longer necessary.
- This is both voluntary (from writing) and involuntary (from thinking about writing)
- No kidding, this is a real disease code used in medical billing and disease classification. Generally, people make criteria either at the onset of November, because NaNo is beginning, or at the end of November, because NaNo is almost done and the possibility of normal, human functioning is nearly within their grasp.
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