21 GIFs That Sum Up How You’re Feeling About #NaNoWriMo Right Now

How’s life during NaNoWriMo? Good, I hope! Though I’m not actively participating this year, the try-to-write-a-novel-in-a-month rush is all around me and I love it. You go, writers! I’m inspired by your word sprints and your word counts. Keep it up!

We’re looking at day 11 of the great race here and I know what that’s like. I participated in years past and I know this is right about the time the slog kicks in. The newness of the endeavor is wearing off and you’re left struggling to meet that daily goal of 1,667 words. With that in mind, I’ve put together a few GIFs I think will resonate with the inner NaNoer in all of us. Because around November 11, the struggle is real.

So, you’ve had a few days that felt like this:

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And maybe even like this:

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But now that you’re on day 11 of working on a novel every single day, your mind probably gets caught in a loop:

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And your pace slows down considerably:

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So you try writing by hand instead of typing:

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But that’s even slower. So you go back to your computer and tinker with some settings:

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So you put your word processor on distraction-free mode but the words still aren’t coming:

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And you’re starting to wonder if this was a good idea:

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And you’re thinking this might be your biggest NaNoWriMo bragging right:

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You’re starting to lament your failings:

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Again and again:

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But then something clicks in your mind. You start to get angry with yourself:

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Like, really angry:

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You look at your word count so far and realize that’s a lot of freakin’ words. Way too many to give up now:

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So gone are your studious writing sessions:

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Where you sip coffee and think calmly about what your characters should do next:

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Now you’re a writer on a mission:

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And when you think about giving up, you shout at yourself to keep going:

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And pull up your favorite inspirational quotes about writing from your favorite authors:

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Because you’re almost halfway done.

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And isn’t that worth celebrating?

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Brenda Stokes Barron is a freelance writer and blogger for hire. When she's not hunched over her laptop, she's spending time with her husband, daughter, and two crazy cats. Keep up with her antics (which often include trips to Starbucks) on Google +.