Midnight Monday saw the end of another year's NaNoWriMo, and from what I've seen around the web, many people reached their goals. The question that comes on December 1st is "What now?"
After spending a month typing furiously, I'm feeling a little bleh. All I really want to do is lay on the couch. I keep telling myself that I earned a break, but all I'm really doing is giving myself an excuse to slip right back into my old lazy ways. I need to find a way to keep the drive November gave me.
I refuse to touch my NaNo novel. It needs time to cure. If I look at it now, it won't be with fresh eyes, and I won't see the problems I know must be in there. (Typing that fast lends itself to flaws, after all.) So, for now, this book will be tucked away. Of course, that way lies the potential for total laziness.
Except I have other things I need to do. A couple weeks ago, a writerly idol of mine posted something on her blog about not doing your NaNo book an injustice by shoving it into a drawer and forgetting about it. I'm not even close to doing that with this year's book, but her words reminded me that I have another book I never finished editing. It's been eating it's head off in a drawer for almost a year now. Poor thing.
So... As I said on Monday, I'm going to finish the book I affectionately call Nano. I admit that so far this week, I haven't done diddly-squat. I realize I can't allow that malaise to take over again. I have to write, even if it's not new words. In honor of that, I'll be putting up a new word meter to show my progress, and please feel free to kick my ass if you don't see the colors move.
As soon as I'm ready to tackle the edits for this year's NaNo novel, I'll begin a series of posts regarding all those errors I advocated in my Pitfall posts.
Now, I'm off to start the day. Have a great one out there, people. =o)