Did you reach the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words?
While I have never ascended the mountain of words that 50k would be, I do finish the month with a solid foundation of a story. And having this goal, writing focus, and NaNo support system really helps make the time productive and fun. Isn't fun the reason we write?
Throughout this month did you participate in a write-in event? A sprint write? Did you attend a virtual presentation or discussion?
After years of longing I attended my first NaNo write-in event. It's very exciting to gather with other writers in a room to do nothing but work on our craft, but the silence can be very awkward. I managed 2,000 words in that few hours sitting with my back to the group while headphones played ocean waves in my ears. People literal came and went from the room yet I was unaware, it was just me and my characters on the page. I was alone in a group. It was a nice change of pace to write outside my solitary office though.
Regardless of your path or events attended the big question is ‘did you advance your writing in November’. I can say, irrespective of my word count, that November energizes me as a writer. I find my dedication is increased and I enjoy the writing more. Because of these two items I tend to accumulate more completed sentences.
And remember, writing the draft is the easy part!
So what should you do on December 1st after the month long writing event? I suggest you relax.
Many authors will tell you once a manuscript is written to let it sit for some time before coming back to it. Writing can be hard work and continuing the effort can have negative consequences. Allow the characters, setting, and storyline to mull in the back of your mind. When you once again work on your manuscript you may find not only a renewed passion but that the characters have ventured off into a new area that can provide additional prose.
When you’re ready, read through the pages and start the clean-up of sentences, filling in plot holes, and adding missed descriptions. Chances are entire paragraphs or even pages may be deleted from your manuscript. That's alright! Your goal is to transform the draft into a publishable work. Don't rush it. Put in the needed time so your story is solid before the next steps. I will generally read through my manuscript at least a dozen times before having a proofreader, editor, or beta tester glimpse the words.
Above all, have fun with the process!
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Richard E Todd,
author of The Golf Rules series, Short Stories from the Long Links, and other titles has been heard on the PGA Tour radio station and seen in On The Green magazine. Contact him at Richard@AuthorRichardETodd.com and follow him on social media and at www.AuthorRichardETodd.com ✍ and www.TheGolfRules.com.⛳