The End of the Beginning

Category: Writing

So that’s it, the end of NaNoWriMo for another year. Perhaps you didn’t manage to complete the entire draft. That’s okay, not all writers can do quantity over quality. Maybe you just need a bit more time to process things. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.


 But what if you have managed to get that draft down on paper? Get out the big brown envelope and send it off to every publisher in the land? Of course not, you know fine well that this is only the beginning. There are a number of things you can do next; here are just a few of them.




  1. Forget about it. A first novel is a rehearsal. Save it somewhere for future reference and get on with the next one.
  2. Put it in a drawer and come back to it after a month. That way you can look at it afresh and assess it’s strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Clear time over the next few months to edit your masterpiece. Make sure that people know you can’t be disturbed.
  4. Set yourself a (realistic) timetable for editing Remember your writing may take you in unexpected directions so don’t beat yourself up if it takes longer than you had planned. As long as you and your writing are developing, this time is well spent.
  5. Share your work with a writers’ group or writing buddy. That way you will get feedback for free as well as a bit of company. You’ll probably need some human interaction after being chained to your computer for a month!


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