You’ve done it. You’ve pushed and pushed, writing thousands of words each week, making it to this day – November 30, 2021. You’ve written like mad, and today, as you enter that last update, you’ll taste that sweet victory of winning NaNoWriMo.
It’s time to celebrate! So grab a bottle of something sparkling (I like red sparkling grape juice), a favorite dessert, or, if you’re aiming for healthy, an extra special salad topping, and get that celebration started!
You deserve it.
You’ve done something incredible these 30 days.
You’ve written 50,000+ words on a brand-new novel or revised an old one, or added words to a story you started last year.
Whatever the project, you have earned a night of celebration!
Be sure to give your brain and body some time to recuperate now. Take a week, a month, or a few months off before looking at those pages again to revise and edit. Let your red pen stay silent for a bit longer as you give separation and allow clarity to fill that head of yours after this lengthy endeavor.
Revisions are going to be critical, certainly, if you ever want this new book to see the light of bookshelves, but you need a break before tackling it.
I strongly encourage you to take December off – enjoy the holidays – without thinking about your book. Then, on January 1, follow up with your novel in the “Now What?” months of January and February at NaNoWriMo. You can make that commitment to yourself that you’ll pull that draft out again and follow along on the Now What calendar for making those revisions and edits. Join or rejoin a writing group to keep on track (for many of us, revising is the hardest thing to stick to!) and get it done! We can’t wait to meet your novel!
But, again, until then, take a break. Sit with your story and let it rest. You’ve earned it.
Editor-in-Chief of The MockingOwl Roost, Rita Mock-Pike is the granddaughter of aviatrix, Jerrie Mock, first woman to pilot an airplane solo around the world. Rita has found inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theatre, podcasting, novel writing, and cooking up delicious food from around the world. She now writes on food, travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves the very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.