Three more days. It will all be over in three more days, or will it? Truthfully, NaNoWriMo is an event that only gets you started and steered in the right direction.
In case you haven’t realized it just yet, writing is a lot of work, and it’s work that extends far beyond the actual writing of the novel (or book if it’s non-fiction). Writing, and being successful with your writing, involves not only a good quality of writing, but marketing and promotion (and I’ve learned you have to start this one early), the actual publishing of the book itself, and in today’s society social media networking.
These are the things that you now have to begin to think about as you are wrapping up your novel. But there are a few things that I think you should do for yourself after finishing up National Novel Writing Month before having to jump into all of the heavy and very serious thoughts of the business side of being a writer.
1) Celebrate your accomplishment. Tell your friends and family that you have finally finished and perhaps even do a happy dance if you can. You’ve accomplished something big and it is something to really shout for joy about.
2) Treat yourself. You’ve probably been depriving yourself of certain treats that you’ve wanted this month. You may have been depriving yourself of going out to your favorite restaurant or just going out with your friends. You’ve done what you set out to do and you should reward yourself accordingly. You deserve it!
3) Take a step back from your novel for a couple of days (or at least one if you really can’t stay away from your story any longer). Notice I did not say take a step back from writing altogether, just your novel that you have had etched in your brain every day for the past 30 days. Your mind needs a break and so do you. Maybe you could even catch up on some reading that you haven’t had a chance to do in the last 30 days. Just do something that doesn’t involve your novel for a couple of days. You’ll be better for having done it.
4) Take a day or two and just chill out and watch some T.V. (maybe those T.V. shows you DVR’d during your 30 day novel writing adventure) or watch some movies you have been dying to get to. Contrary to popular belief it is okay to take a small break (and by small I only mean a few days) from writing as long as you don’t plan on making the break more permanent.
No matter what your form of reward is, please don’t forget that you do deserve to reward yourself after accomplishing something so big.
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