What to Do at the End of NaNoWriMo


With November nearing its end, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is also nearing its end. The good news is that you do not have to worry about the 20,000 words you have yet to write by the deadline. Instead, you can continue working on your story, because, after all, writing a book should be a yearly endeavor and not just a one-month activity.

Here are some writing activities you need to do at the end of NaNoWriMo, so basically starting in December:

  1. Continue working on your story, since it is nowhere near complete and you have a lot of plot you still need to discover.
  2. Do a second draft, then a third, then a fourth, and so on.
  3. Fix any plot holes and make your characters more well-rounded.
  4. Add and enhance the setting, since, let’s be honest, setting is the hardest element to bring to life.
  5. Make dialogue more natural and accurate to your characters’ personalities, age, profession, time period, and location.
  6. Cut out unnecessary scenes, lines, and words.
  7. Revise, revise, revise. I cannot stress this enough.
  8. Revise.

And keep on revising until your friends yell at you to stop. Just kidding. Bust seriously, do revise! The end of NaNoWriMo should not halt your work. Keep on writing, keep on editing, keep on being an artist. That is your full-time job. Make it happen!


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