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Having the support of friends, family, or other important people in your life can help you accomplish your creative goals.

We’ve come up with these graphics that you can share to help the writer-adjacent people in your lives best understand how they can support you during November—whether that’s by keeping you off social media when you should be writing, coming up with chores for you to do if you don’t reach your goals, or participating in NaNoWriMo with you! Tag or share with someone you’d like to write with next month.


1. Writing Buddy definition
Noun: A person who writes with another person, offering encouragement and support, including but not limited to:
a. Accountability
b. Cheerleading
c. Real Talk: i.e. “…You know you chose to do this, right?”

Bring your own writing buddy #BYOWB

2: Public Declaration of Accountability
I hereby declare that I am staying off social media until I hit my next writing goal. Scold me if you see me around these parts until I get there!

3: Public Declaration of Accountability
I hereby declare that if I fail to reach my next writing goal, I will commit to doing a chore for you. Make suggestions and cheer me on below!

4: Public Declaration of Accountability
I hereby declare that upon reaching my next writing goal, I will join one of you for a celebratory treat. Make a date with me or cheer me on below!

What kind of NaNoWriMo writer are you? 

We’ve put together this handy-dandy chart to help you figure out what kind of writer you (and your friends) are. Tag yourself or your writing buddies!

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The Well-Equipped One

  • has a magical Mary Poppins bag filled with chargers, snacks, and pens
  • probably has strong opinions about the best kind of pen
  • very, very likely to become a Municipal Liaison or already is one

The Cheerleader

  • so proud of you for doing such a great job!
  • is available on a moment’s notice when you’re in need of a pep talk
  • is basically a real-life “YOU’RE CRUSHING IT” gif

The Researcher

  • already has everything that is going to happen in their novel planned out
  • gets so distracted by research that they sometimes forget to write
  • has a bullet journal to keep track of their bullet journals

The Snacker

  • always has the good snacks, is willing to share
  • has elaborate snack-based reward systems for their writing achievements
  • is eating a snack right now while reading this

The Easily Distracted

  • updates their word count on the NaNoWriMo site every 50 words
  • has 30 documents titled “chapter one”
  • definitely did not stop reading this halfway through to tweet about it

The Social Butterfly

  • is at every NaNoWriMo event, may possibly possess a time turner
  • knows everyone’s name and what their novel is about, yet also somehow super on top of their own writing
  • always first to RSVP

The Problem Solver

  • has 15 potential solutions for that sticky point in your novel and will talk through all of them with you
  • also there to troubleshoot if your personal life is causing you trouble
  • should probably be an advice columnist or possibly a life coach

The Juggler

  • comes to write-ins between work,rehearsal, school, volunteering… and might start writing another novel
  • has a supernatural ability to fit in writing in 10 minutes between tasks
  • might actually die if Google Calendar goes down in November

The Procrastinator

  • will be working on their novel like, RIGHT away… after this other thing
  • very important that they spend 15 minutes picking out the right font
  • somehow manages to write 18,000 words on the last day