1 You’re either hyper-focusing on your work or you’re playing Candy Crush. There is no in-between.
2. Everything is a distraction except the thing you’re actually supposed to be writing.
3. You start getting random ideas for things you know aren’t good but you can’t NOT write them down.
4. You’ve spelled the same word wrong five times in two paragraphs.
5. It’s like your first language is no longer your first language. Can you even grammar?
6. You’re either typing 100 words a minute or, like, 10 an hour.
7. You start using WAY TOO MANY adjectives.
8. Your brain says “Write!” but you honestly don’t know what you’re even typing right now.
9. Your usage of “like” and “that” has suddenly tripled.
10. All of a sudden your characters are plotting to commit a crime without warning you?? (?????)
11. You can’t keep your eyes open but somehow you’ve written 200 words. How?
12. Everything you write is hilarious.
13. Or it’s terrible and you start questioning whether or not you should be a writer at all.
14. Eventually, you either give up or call it done. Either way, you’re going to have a lot of proofreading to do tomorrow morning …
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.