Writing

NaNoWriMo is Over! Now What?

Hello, Wrimos!

Good news! NaNoWriMo is OVER!

So. Now that November is done and we are fully into December, you might be sitting around basking in the glory of having started writing a book. Or you might be sitting around thinking, “Wait, okay, so I wrote 50,000 (Or 75,000 or 30,000 or whatever) words. That was a lot. How is it possible that my book isn’tΒ finished?”

Or maybe you did this.

In any of these cases, here is a truth bomb for you. A novel is not 50,000 words long. At least, not typically.

I write young adult and new adult books, and typical word counts are somewhere between 75,000 and 90,000 words.

So my friends, what I’m saying is that you are probably not done drafting yet.

But that’s okay! Because now you knowΒ how to draft. The chief thing that NaNoWriMo does is get you in the habit of writing daily and letting you learn how you work best. So now that you are used to writing every day and know the time of day/place/environment that you write best, you can continue to do that!

And once you are done drafting, you will begin The Glorious Revision.

But more on that next week.

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