Thursday, 1 December 2016

NaNoWriMo: Across the Finish Line

You did it! You made it through November and finished your NaNoWriMo project! Way to go!

So…now what?

First things first: find a way to celebrate your success. 50,000 words or more in 30 days is a tremendous accomplishment! Even if you didn’t manage 50,000 words honour your effort, and plan to adapt your approach next year.

Next, hustle to catch up on those neglected tasks that you set aside to make time for writing. Satisfy yourself with a little cooking, cleaning, socializing, and tending to any work projects that need your attention.

Once you’re all caught up, see if you can find a way to carry forward just a little of that NaNoWriMo magic into your daily life. Can you set a daily or weekly word goal? Maybe less than you were spilling out in those wild word sprints, but a steady practice of building your word count, whatever your project.

When you’ve had a little time away from your project – maybe in the New Year – you can turn your mind to review and revision. Let your inner editor loose to make all those changes you skimmed past in the rush to achieve your word count. Spend time choosing words, checking facts and fixing plot gaps to polish your work for other eyes.

November was a great ride. Savour your successes as you move through the tasks that will help you be ready for April... when Camp NaNoWriMo rolls around!