A NaNoWriMo Ending

So, that’s it. 29 days. 50,127 words. I finished both NaNoWriMo and my novel on the subway last night, surrounded by people who could care less and who had no idea why I was taking a picture of my computer screen with my cell phone the moment I hit 50,000.

It was all very anticlimactic.

This is just the beginning, really. Now, I have some options:

  1. Start editing. I hit the end of the story, but most publishers will tell you that 50,000 words does not a novel make, so I have anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 words to add before its something that could, potentially, in some weird, dream-like future, sell. 
  2. Shelve it. I’m not so confident in the plot anyway. Never was. I didn’t really like the story I was writing right from about, oh, the 5th page. It seemed cliched and slow moving. So, maybe writing it was merely an exercise in submerging myself in written creativity again. And maybe it’s time to move on to December’s 50,000 words.
  3. Start over. With this book. Go back to the beginning. Jot down ideas, create character profiles, brainstorm for a couple weeks, pull out the important plot points and rearrange them, change them. Get a proper outline going, a proper idea. And then, rewrite it from scratch. 
  4. Take a break. It’s good to step away from ones writing every so often, right? Perhaps I should just enjoy Christmas without putting pressure on myself to write. There are obvious problems with this option, but it’s a tempting one.
  5. Quit. Declare myself not a writer. Declare the magic gone. Declare whatever talent I thought I had as a child mistaken. Bury the words I’ve written. Never look at them again.
Before I decide my next course of action, I’m going to go to the TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) party. And then, I’m going to read it. I may even give it to a few closely trusted people who will give me honest opinions in a gentle way. 
Then I’ll decide. 

0 thoughts on “A NaNoWriMo Ending

  1. Congrats girl! You did it! I'm not sure I could have done it. Don't you dare bury it! Whether you decide it's good or not, you will def want to look back on it one day! xox

  2. Congrats on finishing Jeanette! I'm with Tiffany… don't you dare do nothing with it! Even if you edit it and turn it into an ebook, or submit it to the iTunes store, you'll fully feel like you accomplished something!

  3. Congratulations! Just a heads up though, there is a typo in your screen shot.. I think "desperately need" was probably meant to be "desperately needed". Hope you don't mind me bringing it up. I think noticing spelling and grammar errors in our own work is way more difficult than noticing them elsewhere 🙂

    Seriously though, brava for finishing it!

  4. Thanks Sara!

    Nope, I don't mind you pointing it out! The point of NaNoWriMo is to completely turn off your inner editor (which often takes a break anyone as anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis could tell you), so I'm absolutely ok with my manuscript being full of errors, typos, grammatical mistakes… I'll catch them all later on one of those edits that will, theoretically happen.

  5. Congrats on finishing! Yay!

    I think the best I heard for NaNo was to put the story away. Just don't look at it until January. Then pull it out and look at it with fresh eyes. That will let you fall in love with it again and see where it needs to work or to be fleshed out into a longer novel. Good luck with it!

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