As the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) winds down today, I’ll share a few closing thoughts.
Let me start by saying, I’m going to miss November. It was wonderful to have the pressure of hitting 50,000 words. I loved every moment of writing. And now I am within spitting distance of finishing my first novel. Is it good? Absolutely not. But its better than the novel I was working on and I’m excited to dig in and rewrite.
So the question becomes, how does one return to the real world, but keep the momentum going? Here are the steps I’m taking.
- Soon after hitting the 50K mark, I took a NaNoWriMo celebratory break. It lasted for several days. During that time, I daydreamed, wrote in my journal, wrote character sketches, but most important, I visited with neglected family and friends.
- Next I battled back my newly released monster: an obsessive desire to write at all hours of the day, all days of the week, neglecting all but the most necessary obligations: work, sleep, health, food. I must bring this novel to completion, and then rewrite until it is ready for others to read. To quote Dr. Frankenstein, in Young Frankenstein, “Life! Life, do you hear me?! Give my creation LIIIFEEE!”
- And thus, Arbitrary Rule #8 was born: When not working, I can write as much as I want. But, if I got up for any reason, I have to do ten chores. Want a drink of water–ten chores. Get up to let the dogs out–ten chores. Little-by-little, I’m battling back the aggressive dust-bunnies, paying bills, and returning objects to their rightful places. Even better, I’m still writing, and I have great incentive to keep my fingers flying over the keyboard.
- I’m going to remember to just write the scene; get the words on paper. I hope to apply this method it to all my future first draft work.
- I’m going to purchase Scrivener. It has kept me organized and I know that my second draft is going to be so much easier to tackle using this tool.
- I’m going to keep ‘refilling the well’ by connecting with friends, family, exercising, and finding beauty in the world around me.
To all who have journeyed with me, thank you! Your comments and kindness will be remembered always.