November is over and with that comes the end of NaNoWriMo. But for some of us the end is only the beginning.
At this point I believe there are three kinds of us left after NaNoWriMo. There are 1) those who have yet to finish their story despite their word count 2) those who have finished their story and 3) those who have not finished their story but loath it so much they can’t stand the thought of loosing any more time on it.
For those of us who are in group one (ME!!!) take December to finish your project. Or however long you anticipate that it will take. But keep writing. Don’t give up.
For those of you in group two Congratulations. You rock. Put it away though for the month of December and give it some time to ferment into a good wine. You need space to gain objectivity from your manuscript, so for December enjoy that you have a finished product that you may or may not want to return to, to clean up at a later day. Remember to keep writing though.
For those of you in group three, and who still want to continue to write, I offer you my condolences. I am sorry that your NaNo project didn’t turn out to be love affair you anticipated. I hope that at some point throughout the experience you found a brilliant gem of an idea though that you would like to pursue now. Write what makes you happy and don’t get bogged down by that, that doesn’t.
For now December being what it is, the month before Christmas, we’re going to take it easy and take it slow. I plan on continuing working on my NaNo novel as it is not yet done yet. I hope to have this finished by mid-January (the first draft anyways). For those that are finished with their NaNo novels or the novels are finished with you pick something short and sweet that you will enjoy to write on in December. It doesn’t have to be another novel. It can be a short story, a poem. Whatever inspires you. Just keep on writing and don’t beat yourself up.
Now is the time to slow down to a manageable pace and figure out how you want to balance writing in with the rest of your life. I realize that December might get a little hectic too, so if you have to put things on hold till the New Year and make it your resolution, I understand. If writing is what you really want to do, it will make its way into your life. Just don’t forget to leave the door open.