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The most exciting part of your writing adventure.

Dénouement (n.):

1. The final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.

2. The place in the plot at which this occurs.

3. The outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.

Sometimes, being a writer makes you feel like the all-powerful creator of the worlds you’ve brought into being. And sometimes, being a writer feels like “a doubtful series of occurrences.”

Wherever you’re at with your writing, don’t stop now. Try to think of this next week as working toward the dénouement of your own personal writing adventure. Sometimes the most exciting part of the story is when you get to see how it all turns out.

For those of you who reached your word count goal: Congratulations! Admire your badge, give yourself a pat on the back, and take a moment to revel in the new world that you’ve created, spinning gently among the stars of its universe. You did that. Isn’t that amazing?

For those of you still writing: You still have a week to finish! Feel proud of what you’ve accomplished so far, and don’t give up. There are more words on your page than when you started, and that is something to be proud of. Even if you don’t finish by July 31, you’re closer than you were. (And don’t forget that you can change your goal through the end of the month!)

As we gather ’round to tie up our loose ends, here are some things to keep in mind:

This Week at Camp

Virtual Write-In— Our last Virtual Write-In of the season will be this Wednesday, July 26, at 11:00 am PDT. Join interns Maddi and Emily for a fun-filled hour of writing and advice.

Join a conversation on the forums Whether you’re looking for friends to help you make it through the rest of the month, you’re excited about a line you just wrote, or you need help coming up with a title, the NaNo forums are the place for you.

So let’s sit together for this last week and resolve the intricacies of our wild, daring, exciting stories. Even if it ends up being an untidy package, wrap up that plot you’ve created, stick a bow on its head, and feel proud about how far you’ve come.

Scribbling furiously,

Katharine Gripp
NaNoWriMo Communications Manager

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