As I typed the final few words, closing in on my 50K target, a sadness came across me. NANO2015 would soon be over; but then … great joy as I zoomed past and slipped effortlessly through the validation process.
It’s been a busy month, writing nearly every day: a pure indulgence. However, that has to stop, and I need to get back to ‘real life’, and to re-engage with friends and family in the run up to Christmas.
Looking at my stats, I can identify three dodgy patches in all. So I needed three ‘awesome’ days to catch up, and then – on the 24th – a spurt ahead to be sure I’d finish with time to spare.
Frankly, thanks to Scrivener and my outline, it was my easiest NaNoWriMo. I was never stuck for ideas, wondering what to do next. In tune with my outline, and my revised outline, I wrote what I wanted to write, when I wanted to write it. My creative side had a ball, and the planner in me came along for the ride.
I have 50K of words, mostly dialogue – which is how every story comes to me – with thousands of typos to fix, hundreds of notes to myself to address, and much punctuation to apply. There is also still a lot more to write before my story is truly told, and I face a big editing exercise, but it’s manageable.
Having achieved what I set out to do, I’ve now closed my Safari Supper Scrivener file and won’t open it again until February. That’s my plan!
On 1 December, I’m hosting three TGIO webinars: 2pm, 6pm and 9.30pm. On the agenda:
- Celebration time
- What to do after NANO
- Self publishing?
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