So I’ve reached 50K. I’m happy.
Did you? If you did you might be asking yourself ‘what now?’. I am.
The answer of course depends on a lot of things. I gave it some thought and here’s what I have planned.
I didn’t write ‘The End’. I’m far from done my story. I’d like to write a bit more than 50K in any case. I’m aiming for 90K.
I consider myself lucky because I’m in a fairly exciting part of it which makes it easier to keep writing. For me, that’s the important part right now. Keep writing. Finish what I started.
Am I going to write 2K a day? Nope. And that’s ok. I’m aiming for a minimum of 500 words a day. That’s not much really, and easy to reach on days where I really don’t want to. I’ve already written that this morning. Most days I intend to write more.
November gave me a few things back that I had lost for a while.
- I had fun with what I was writing. I made the mistake of going back to read some of it this morning and ewww…it’s bad. And that’s ok! I’m ok with it. It’s a first draft. I had fun and it’s a good story. It’s got legs.
- I wrote almost every day, and even when I skipped it was never more than one day in a row and I made up for it. It felt ok and not too strenuous and it gives me hope I can continue THIS time.
- I had a couple of big days where I found “The Zone” and the words just flowed. I’d forgotten what that felt like and now I remember. That’s important to me.
- When I started NaNo this year I had no doubt I could make 50K and didn’t really value that goal. That changed. I value it greatly and I feel really good that I made it.
So going forward I’m aiming for the following:
- Write every day. Daily goal: 500 minimum.
- Finish that first draft
- Write a serious second draft, expanded, following the plan I’ve laid out while writing THIS draft. I’ve never managed that before.
- Have fun writing.
Off I go now.
Congrats to all of you out there that participated last month. 50K or not, you’ve done something that most people on this planet never do. You wrote. You’ve done it, and that makes you all mighty. Finish what you started.