NaNoWriMo 2016 ended last week, and congratulations to everyone who participated!
Welcome to all my new followers from the blog and social media hop! I am in the process of follow backs myself. It might take a few days, but I will get there eventually 🙂
Now that November is over, it’s time to sit back, relax, and let the novel sit for a while before you edit it, right? For some of you, this may be the case. For me, it’s not even close.
In my blog post 5 useful writing tips that I learned during NaNoWriMo I mentioned that my next step was to keep writing until the story is done.
Therefore, in December, I plan to write a further 50000 words.
To track my progress, I have been using a free online tool, Pacemaker
It is an easy way to track progress. You can customise a plan to exactly how you want it, plan in days off, share your progress on twitter, and track word count or time spent on a project on a monthly (or longer) basis.
You might have noticed that I only write 4/7 days a week.
This is the same strategy that I used during NaNoWriMo.
I prefer to write in larger chunks, and I found that for me, writing every day wasn’t practical. There were other things that I wanted to do in my free days in November, and this hasn’t changed for December. I love to play games, watch my favourite TV shows (Flash and Arrow may be going on break soon, but Sherlock will be back in January!) and I need to catch up on reading.
During NaNoWriMo, I discovered that I prefer to have a plan. I will therefore continue to sort through my notes and write a list of plot points as I go.
I will also continue to use word sprints. At the moment, I do these on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday morning from 10am-12pm (GMT) I work best in the morning: my brain falls asleep a little after lunch!
On day one, I managed 3334 words.
On day two: 3818.
On day three: 3125
I hope to maintain this momentum, so that I can relax on Christmas day! So far, with over 10000 words in December, it’s looking good.
Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I love my story more than ever before. My main character has finally been exiled, and a new character, Maria, a tomboy archer, has made her debut. I have just realised today that Maria’s mother is a lot like Lizzie’s mother from Pride and Prejudice: a fact that amuses me greatly!
Thus begins another month of crazy writing. I will keep at it until my novel is complete!
How about you? Do you plan to write more on your NaNoWriMo project, even though November is over? Or are you taking a well deserved break? Let me know in the comments!