There’s only four more days left of NaNoWriMo, which means if you’re on track you only have 6 666 words left to write. It’s exciting now, you’re so close to finishing, so close to having a finished manuscript in your hands. But what next?
For the unfinished novel
Commercial adult fiction tends to be around 100 000 words in length, and young adult fiction 80 000 words. This means that if you started your novel fresh at the start of NaNoWriMo you’re now only about half way through it. So what’s your plan for writing the rest of your novel? Are you going to continue writing as if you’re still doing the writing challenge? Or are you going to have a month off before writing the rest? Either way, having a plan of some sort or a daily target will help you to achieve your goal.
For the finished manuscript
Well done! Finishing NaNoWriMo means you’ve now finished your novel. You should be feeling very proud of yourself, and perhaps a little exhausted too. There are so many routes you can go down now. First though, have a month off. Just leave your manuscript for a month. Don’t touch it, try not to even think about it, because when you go back to it you’ll want a clear head.
With the New Year you may want to edit your work. This means going through it and changing everything you don’t like, checking it over until you’ve got a product you’re happy with. If you’re not quite sure what to look for, that’s fine. We’ll be posting a whole month of editing tips in January for you to follow.
Maybe you don’t want to edit straight away. You might have a sequel planned that you just can’t wait to get writing, or perhaps you’d just really like half a year away from the novel that has consumed your November. Either way, do whatever feels best for you.
For your writing
NaNoWriMo can be really useful for getting into a routine with your writing. If the routine you found suits you, stick to it. Keep on writing every day, whether it’s your next novel or a writing exercise. You’ll find that writing is like most things in life – the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it.
If you really struggled keeping up with NaNoWriMo, try making a routine that’s a little less intense. You could aim for half an hour of writing each day, or 1000 words. This way there’s less to do and less pressure, so you’re more likely to stick with it. Make sure you give yourself a day off each week to refresh or to catch up on the days you missed during the week.
So that’s it, three of the routes you can go down at the end of NaNoWriMo. You’ve got a few more days to go first, but if you made it this far we’re sure you’ll easily be able to finish the rest. Good luck, and we’ll see you again in December.