Whoa! NaNoWriMo was a wild ride. This year was the third time I participated and the second time I won. I am the type of person who needs deadlines to stay motivated and reach my goal. For me, it’s pretty imperative to participate in challenges like NaNoWriMo. Even though I have a story in my head and I love to write, I need that push to stay focused. I need some type of accountability and logging my word count each day, having a bar graph, and other tools that NaNoWriMo provides is perfect. Now I have a solid first draft of my second book to work with.
A lot of people want to know what’s next.
First thing is first, step away from your manuscript. I repeat, step away from your manuscript. Don’t touch it, read it, edit it, or drool on it. Let that sucker rest. This is the time for you to pat yourself on the back. Go ahead and do it. I’ll wait. It’s time to celebrate and cross winning NaNoWriMo off your bucket list.
Maybe you are reading this and you didn’t reach 50,000 words. That’s okay! You made the attempt and that in itself is worth celebrating. Once you carve out a schedule to write consistently, you will kick ass next year. Don’t beat yourself up for no crossing the finish line. Rejoice that you showed up to the race.
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