Now that Nanowrimo is done for the year, I have to decide what to do with what I wrote. I have come to realize there are few different paths I can choose.
Firstly, I could keep on writing. Nah, no I couldn’t; I know there are parts I left out because I couldn’t get the scene right in my mind. They would nag at me until I was driven insane. The likelihood of my throwing my laptop against the wall would rise exponentially if I left a scene behind.
Secondly, I could leave it alone. I know a few writers who have chosen to do this. Some are going back to finish whatever they were in the middle of when November first rolled around. Others have decided to let their novel age as if it were a barrel of wine. No, I do not think it will get better with age; I am quite sure it will stay exactly the same. Personally, I know if I let it sit, it will sit, forever. I have to do something with it now or else it will become a forgotten and forlorn file on my laptop.
Finally, (I’m sure there are other things I could have chosen, but for time reasons three is all you get.) I could rework/edit my novel. Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding! We have a WINNER! I have chosen to go back in order to move forward. I can’t help it; I love my novel. I have faith that it will turn out to be one of my best works so far.
I know that isn’t saying much, but it is what it is. Currently, I’m going back and making notes of things that need to be clarified, or parts that need more detail, and those parts that have horrible inconsistencies. I’m not going through it with a fine tooth comb: I’m aiming for a more general, basic edit. Guess I’ll see how it goes. I may or may not post something of the novel when it becomes worthy.
- NaNoWriMo: It’s Over! (writerisms.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo is officially over.. (mamasminis.wordpress.com)
- TGIO: See You Next Year NaNoWriMo (lightofthemoonlit.wordpress.com)
- What Comes After NaNoWriMo? (One Year Later) (fulltimewritermom.com)