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Beyond NaNoWriMo

Beyond NaNo

NaNoWriMo has come and gone. It’s been a week since the end of the 50k-word challenge.

Did you hit 50k words? Did you complete your novel entirely? Do you still have more to go even after the 50k words?

Whether you’ve finished or not, here are some things you can do now that NaNo is over.

Step Back.

Take a break from your novel. Writing 50k words in 30 days is a lot, especially if you’re an overachiever and reach way over 50k within the month. It’s a lot of strain on your brain, your eyes are crossed, and your fingers can no longer type. Give your characters some space and take a rest.

Write Something Else.

If you still have the itch to write or are afraid you’ll get out of your writing routine, write something else. Write a new novel, a short story, or a poem. Take a break from typing and hand-write for a change. If you hand-wrote your NaNo novel, take a break from that and type something up.

Edit.

Okay, okay. If you really can’t part from your beloved novel go right ahead and start editing it. Start rearranging those scenes, deleting whole pages, or just be on the look-out for typos. Print out your novel and gaze upon the beauty of printed words and breathe in the smell of wet ink.

Read A Book.

Writing aside, I’m sure you got a bit behind on your reading during NaNo… Am I right? Read a book in the genre you wrote for NaNo (or a different genre). It’ll give yourself a break, but the creativity will still be flowing through your bloodstream.

Outline Your Next Project.

Hey, Camp NaNo is only four months away.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

15 thoughts on “Beyond NaNoWriMo

  1. I already started a new novel with my new copy of Scrinever after winning NaNo and I’m working on other things too, keeping the mind active and creative. Oh and reading. I’m already behind xD how do you read a book a week Rache!?

    1. That’s a good idea. I’ve been working on some writing for the blog, but nothing too fancy or hardcore.
      To read a book a week I read 50-100 pages a day depending on the length. Most of the time though I forget to read and then panic Friday night/Saturday morning and end up reading the whole book in one sitting, lol.

      1. Lol nothing motivates quite like panic hey? Ha ha!
        I thought about that too, dividing the number of pages by days and reading those pages each day which I’m going to try again this week. I’m four pages away from finishing the last book.

        For book reviews though, I always feel like they are going to get swallowed up by everyone else who is also doing a review for the book on Goodreads. Do you have that fear?

      2. To be honest, no. I know a lot of people who don’t do book reviews because they fear what other people will think and that their opinion will be “wrong” or something along those lines.
        I never thought like that. I wanted to do book reviews because I thought it would be a cool feature on my blog and it would motivate me to continue to read one book a week. The whole point of doing this was to push myself to read more. I barely read before 2015.
        I post my reviews on Goodreads as well as my blog and if an author contacts me about reading their book I post the review on Amazon as well. So my reviews are everywhere. 🙂

  2. Ah I see. Well that’s an excellent way to get yourself reading and also putting yourself out there. Never know, you could be asked to be an official book reviewer and you get free books. *stares longingly into the sky

    From my side it’s more about seeing the review lost in the mass rather than how other people will see it – especially on Goodreads. Also, reviews are pretty subjective so you can’t please everyone.

    But I think I’ll do some reviews too, help populate the barren wasteland that is my blog.

    1. I’ve already had a couple authors ask for me to review their book before publication. It’s a lot of fun.
      Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and while I may like or dislike a book I know other people may feel the opposite. But so far, I haven’t run into any trouble with anyone complaining about my opinion or anything.
      I think reviews are awesome and worth giving a shot.

      1. Ooooho that’s great! Now I know a beta reader for my novels… if you don’t mind haha.
        I’ve read your reviews and I think they are pretty concise and fair. They are not too long winded and negative.
        Guess I’ll start with the current book I’m reading 😉

      2. Of course! 🙂
        Thanks, that’s good to know about my reviews.
        Yeah, just start and get into your groove. I’ve made slight changes to my review format here and there throughout the year.

  3. Nano is over indeed. I have made it to 50 K (jipie!) Still in need of an ending. But now, I need a break from the story. I will be leaving it for a while, to post on my blog and prepare the next story.
    Camp Nano is only a few months away, but getting ready for that might be a bit early. Unless,… many holiday’s are coming up and those tend to slow me down a lot. Good luck on your projects

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