"Beautiful thoughts are ripple effects if you allow them to drop freely they can affect the whole pond." -- D.K. Dailey
Monday, December 7, 2015
NaNoWriMo Tips Series (#3): The Aftermath - NaNoWriMo is over, so what did you learn?
a novel is a process. As a writer, you learn by trial, error and practice, what
works best for you. During NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I think
most people who attempt the 50,000 word feat find out a few facts about
themselves as a writer, including but not limited to the five facts below:
much you can truly do when you push and believe in yourself.
This is my third time participating and winning
NaNo. Although I have never not written 50,000 words, I still am amazed I can
do it in one month. Every time it's like discovering I have a secret superpower
when I challenge myself.
you attended write-ins, you learned when you write surrounded by like-minded
individuals, it helps your spirit.
You also might have learned during writing downtime, when
you were socializing; what other people were writing, useful tips for
completing NaNo or you met lots of cool people.
3. You learned what kind of writer you want to be.
Plotter or panser or a little of both? Writing during NaNo
is the first dump of your idea whether you've plotted or not. When you start
going back through that novel this is when you'll figure out what will work
best for you in the future. This is where you'll figure out what type of writer
you want to be.
4. You have been convinced you need writing in your life. Right?
I had been seriously writing since 2010 and found NaNoWriMo
in 2013 but still the idea of a novel writing month made me want to be a
writer. To actually make a career out of it. Now with 2016 approaching I am
finally in a place after three years of NaNo to query my novels.
realize writing takes time. In the upcoming year make it your duty to carve out
Think about how an hour of focused time got your word count
up. Set aside time and make the most of it. Writing is time getting to
know yourself and exploring what's bubbling and brewing inside that imaginative
head of yours. The stages of writing (idea, plotting, drafting, editing,
critique, etc.) can be brutal and take time. Once you start shaping a story,
the best feeling is to see it through, to continue reshaping it until the
Last note: Unless you are 5,000 words and below from finishing your novel,
put your novel away. Take the rest of December and maybe some of January to
look around you and enjoy life. November was crazy and whatever you
accomplished, it was more words than you had before you started. So give
yourself a break. Anddon't
pitch your book on #pitmad or query agents. A book written in thirty
days will never be polished so wait to show it to the world. Please.
Here are some great revision links that might help
you when you are ready to revise: