NaNoWriMo: 50k and what’s left over

Well, that was very fun. And kind of hectic, and stressful, but in the end, looking back on it, this built up good habits for me. Habits that I hope I won’t lose.

But hey! What’s next after NaNoWriMo?

  • I’m going to let my manuscript rest for a while. This is so that I can come back to it cold, and be able to *shudder* look at it as a reader rather than as a writer still too close to the text. It’s advice I hear from all over, and it makes sense.

    And I’ve cringed enough during NaNoWriMo, gods know.

  • I’m going to read a few books on writing. I’ll also blog about the experience to keep myself honest about, well, actually reading these rather than skimming them.

    Planned books are:

    • Plot & Structure, by James Scott Bell, currently in progress.
    • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne and David King.
    • Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, by Lawrence Block.

    I think I can do roughly a book a week, not necessarily a chapter a day, and the last book I’ll likely read into my revision days.

  • Developing the world. Believe me, I didn’t start out with a built world. Or character designs. Or even a list of gods—I cribbed from real gods for a while, but relied on memory and, as a result, well, it’s rather OOC fan fiction. I’ve already written up in my spreadsheet a list of concepts that need to be fleshed out, and definitely I need to both develop and build up my god roster.

  • Print out the manuscript, killing a tree. Sit down with the manuscript and start to make notes, and also revise the plot grid—which is a spreadsheet, with time for rows and characters for columns, and sections for each act, and not something I actually found from any writing advice.

  • Write up the second draft, using the print manuscript for reference.

  • Anyone up for beta reading in February?

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2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: 50k and what’s left over

  1. Yay! I knew you could do it. :D

    Anyone up for beta reading in February?

    Of course! (But you knew that already) :)

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