The Day After NaNoWriMo—also known as December 1st—can feel a lot like the day after Christmas to writers. After a whole month of frenzied writing activity trying desperately to meet that elusive 50,000 word goal, writers are left wondering... "Now what?"
As a National Novel Writing Month enthusiast myself, I'll tell you:
Don't touch that manuscript! I know it's tempting, so new the ink's not dry yet, but don't touch it! In my previous blog post I mentioned not editing until January, and I mean it. Do whatever it takes to avoid picking it up and editing for at least a week, but if you want to do any kind of decent job, wait a month.
Why? Because you're the author, that's why. All of the left-out words, typos, and choppy sentences will be smoothed over by your brain as you read it, because you know what's supposed to be there. If you wait until January, you can look at it with new eyes.
You'll be amazed at what you see after December. That NaNoWriMo manuscript you thought was so glorious right after you finished it? Well... it's still glorious, but it's messy. It has plot holes. It has missing words that were left out only because your brain could move faster than your fingers. (That's a mark of genius, by the way). So do yourself a favor and enjoy well-deserved vacation from writing.
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Progress for round four of edits on Warriors of Aralan #9: