After four weeks cudgelling words into existence and watching that count rise, National Novel Writing Month’s over. And now …what?
1. I hit the target and have a 50,000 word novel drafted.
2. I didn’t hit the target and have something less than 50,000 words.
3. I would have hit 50,000 words, but that M J Wright’s blog was so interesting I spent all my time reading it, telling all my friends to visit, and watching to see if he posted more, while buying as many of his books as I could afford…
It also seems to me that whatever happened, there are possibly three ways to feel about it:
1. Now’s the time to eat my own weight in butter.
2. I’m going to chuck the story in a drawer and forget it, forever.
3. That was a great experience. I’m going to sit back, take a well earned rest for a day or two – then start re-thinking that manuscript.
My money’s on (3). I figure yours will be too.
The thing is, what counts with things like NaNoWriMo is the doing. What all writing is about is the experience. It’s all good. Everything counts as another step in experience – another way-point in the million-word learning curve. What’s more, every writer is learning, all the time, including the established professionals. If they’re not, they won’t grow as writers. That’s the nature of the beast.
So you have your manuscript – whether written for NaNo, or something you’ve been working on a while, or whatever. What next?
I’ve got some ideas about that. You probably do too. More soon.
Meanwhile – how did NaNoWriMo go for you? Or have you another project on the go you’d like to share?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013
Coming up: Sixty Second Writing tips and ‘write it now’ return next week with more tips, hints, and ways of mastering the hard reality of writing in today’s world. Plus – well, watch this space.