If you are reading this, and you participated in NaNoWriMo, then I can assume you survived.
You’ve either completed 50k or more and are celebrating or, you didn’t finish and are kicking yourselves.
For those of you who completed it! CONGRATULATIONS!! YOU ROCK!!!
For those of you who didn’t, do not despair. You tried and that’s more than a lot of people can say. Think of all of the individuals you’ve ever met who said they wanted to write a book. Now think of all of those same people and ask yourself, how many of them actually tried to start. The honest truth is not many. Too many people talk the talk, but only a select few have the gumption to walk it.
Writing a novel is hard work. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. But you started it and that, my friends, is a testament to your perseverance and will.
Whether you “won” or “lost” you ran a race. Now take some time to celebrate, eat more fruits and veggies cause you know you binged on way too much sugar and start thinking of your next steps.
For those of you who completed the novel, then it’s time for revision. Take a few weeks and work on something else. Or get ready for the Christmas season and enjoy your family. Then, when the NaNo book is no longer fresh in your mind, go back and start the revision process. If you are a little bit intimidated, here are a few resources I’ve stumbled upon which have aided me.
Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, 2nd Edition: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel that Sells by James Scott Bell (I have this book and it’s fabulous!)
For those of you who didn’t complete the 50k, much less the novel, now’s the time to buckle down, take what you’ve learned from NaNo and get back to work. You can do this. I have faith in you. Don’t be one that talks the talk, but won’t walk. You can achieve your dream of completing this manuscript.
So get back to work and make sure you have a celebration idea for when you complete your first draft.
If you participated and “won” please share below how many words you completed and your next steps.
I completed 50,014 and my next step (after celebrating at Le Madeline’s French Cafe) is to complete the remaining approximately 10k words and then start revising my first draft.
Join me next week for a post on how I plan to go about revising my MS.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill