Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Life after NaNoWriMo

With December came the end of NaNoWriMo for 2018 and admittedly, I loved it. Sure I had it easier than some given the fact I wasn't writing a completely new story off the top of my head but it still had it's tricky moments. I re-wrote about 90% of my existing story and even surpassed where my writing stopped in the original first draft. Before NaNoWriMo, I was half way through chapter 10, at 11:59:59pm on November 30th, I had just started chapter 12 and ended NaNoWriMo with a total of 54,258 words. An accomplishment I am actually proud about. But now NaNoWriMo is over so what next?

Well, determined to try and stay as productive as I was during November, I've set myself the target to finish my first draft by Christmas. Chapter 12 is the last chapter in my novel with the exception of the prologue and epilogues that still need to be written also. As long as chapter 12 and the epilogue is written by Christmas though, I'll be happy. I then plan on printing out every single page and sitting down between boxing day and new years eve with a highlighter and red pen and reading through my entire novel and editing it. I also have alpha readers and I plan on sending each alpha reader 3 chapters of the novel to read through and provide constructive feedback for to go alongside my own notes and editing marks.

January is NaNoWriMo's revision month. I am not entirely sure what it entails yet but I do plan on starting my second draft sometime in January to go alongside revision month. I am hoping that the second and third drafts will be a little easier to write as I'm not having to think up new content but instead polishing and elaborating on what I've already written. I want to be really productive with it next year. What I really want is have the second draft finished by June 1st. Then, I will spend the entirety of June reading through and editing the draft just as I did with the first draft and I will also send out chapters to my beta readers. By July 1st, I would love to be starting my third draft.

Regardless of how far I get with my third draft, I am planning on putting the novel on hold from October 1st. I want to spend the month of October preparing myself for NaNoWriMo 2019 and will grab a new writers notebook and start planning out the sequel to this novel so I can start writing the first draft in November. Hopefully being on the third draft of my current novel will help ideas for the sequel flow relatively easy. I already have some ideas if I'm honest.

So yeah, NaNoWriMo has finished and not only am I already making plans to start editing but I'm already making plans for NaNoWriMo 2019! Goes to show how much I really enjoyed NaNoWriMo and how motivated and excited it got me to write, write, write!

Until next time,
Alli xo

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