NaNoWriMo is done – now what?

Wow, I can’t believe it, I actually did it! I wrote 50,000 words in 30 days. On the 30th of November I believe I actually did a little jig in my hotel room (I happened to be away for work that week) before pouring a celebratory glass of wine. It was totally called for.

The most amazing thing to me was that at the end of it all, there was a coherent story there, one that had plenty going on and even a twist at the end that I hadn’t even planned for! Because I was mostly pantsing it, there were things that happened in the story that surprised even me. I found myself sitting there at one point, actually thinking, ‘did I just kill that character? Did that character seriously just die on me?’ I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but the story took on a life of it’s own. Scenes that I had written in desperation to get my word count up, ended up being really important later on.

I came up with the idea for this story back when I was a teenager, and it has sat in the back of my head for years. I guess this was just the time for the story to be told, as it mostly just flowed out of me.

I learnt a lot about writing first drafts with this, and the NaNo timeline was really helpful in just getting me to keep writing and not look back at what I’d written. I did make notes as I went to tell myself to go back and change certain details as the story evolved.

Now that it’s finished, I will let the draft sit for about a month to get some distance from it. Then I can go back to it in January with fresh eyes and actually see all the craziness of a story as it really is! I can just imagine myself thinking, ‘what on earth was I thinking?! This doesn’t even make sense!’  But I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the second draft!

Happy writing!