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Friday, 25 November 2011

What next after NaNoWriMo?

You've been working hard all November.  You've been writing at an average of 1,667 words a day.  You've excused yourself from dozens of invites and blithely ignored friends and family alike.  But now, as we approach the end of November, the end is most very definitely in sight.  Come close of play on 30th November, successful NaNoWriMo work uploaded, verified and approved, question is: what next?

For some, it's easy.  File the work away, forget about it, and maybe at some point in a few years, look back and think, I did that (swell of pride).

For others, it'll be a case of put it away for a while (a month or so) then come back, read it over, think about it, and then start editing, re-writing, adding more to it, until you've got something you think is closer to a work that maybe, just maybe, someone out there might want to read and maybe - whisper it - even buy.

Of course, for a fair number out there, getting to the end of NaNoWriMo with 50,000 words done might not even happen.  Many give up in the first week, some drop out by week two, and for some it just becomes a chore that, even with the end in sight, loses its lustre and the project gets abandoned, thrown to the wind and never discussed.  Until next year.  When the writing fever returns.

I wasn't participating myself this year, but my good lady wife was taking part and - alas - appears to be drifting short of the 50,000 word mark.  Hopefully, she'll keep going and finish (even if it takes months to do) and I can only say the same about everyone else out there who's gamely struggling to the end.

So, back to the question, where we'll end this post, what are you going to do next with your NaNoWriMo work?