As we wrap up NaNoWriMo, I am sure you have encountered quite the number of wild WriMos in their natural habitats. This is the time when your WriMo will be going mad trying to finish up on time. If you have been wondering how to care for your WriMo, don’t worry, we have you covered.
You can spot a WriMo a mile away. Their hands are shaking from the amount of caffeine they have been consuming. This is their main form of sustenance. They are probably muttering to themselves. Probably something about word counts, or plot holes, or writer’s block. They may even be reciting dialogue to themselves. DO NOT BE FRIGHTENED OF THE WRIMO. This behavior is natural, and should not be questioned.
If you encounter a WriMo, offer it some water. It’s probably dehydrated. After all, they live on coffee. Suggest that it showers/cleans its room/does its homework. These have been neglected for the whole month. It will probably ignore you. But it’s worth a try.
The WriMo is primarily nocturnal, so do not be shocked if you see it nodding off in your 8 am class. Offer it coffee. It needs this to survive. Suggest a nap. No not jump when it snaps at you about word counts. The WriMo is a highly defensive creature, and assumes most things are an attack. It will probably snap at you at least once, especially if you question its motives. Do not be offended. It has been writing at least 1,667 words a day every day up until this point, possibly more, by choice. On a similar note, do not be offended if it turns down invitations to hang out with you. For this month, the WriMo becomes highly antisocial.
Offer your WriMo words of encouragement, as they can become discouraged quite easily. Encourage your WriMo to take short breaks away from its laptop. Use of gentle force may be necessary. Entice it with junk food, perhaps an episode of whatever show they have been neglecting on Netflix. This will relax them for a while, but this behavior will cease the moment they realize they have not reached their target word count yet.
Your WriMo may want to go back and do edits on their story. DO NOT LET THEM. Once they transform from WriMo to Editor, it is highly difficult to switch back. Do whatever you have to in order to keep them from changing until at least December first. Drastic measures may be necessary.
Try to keep their nest clean. It is probably collecting empty Starbucks cups, crumpled up pieces of paper, and cups of ramen. The WriMo will see no problem with this living situation, no matter how many times you tell them it is getting out of hand. Sneak the garbage away when they are busy typing furiously at their story.
And of course, offer your WriMo love and affection. After all, it’s working very hard.
Tune in next month for after care for your WriMo, who will soon be transforming into an Editor!