Life After NaNoWriMo: Editing and Rediscovery

“It’s been a busy couple of weeks, even after I managed to wrap up NaNo this year on November 27th, 2016. That was a feeling I’ve been missing all year, the feeling of finally accomplishing a goal and not wanting to change a thing (about the goal, not the mess of a manuscript I have left). It’s a beautiful mess, one I am looking to rediscover as I thumb through it, take a red pen to it, and give it my best shot of whipping it into shape.” 

The end of the year is always stressful. It’s rewarding, but it is indeed stressful. Now that I’ve turned in all of my assignments, studied through and through for my impending finals, I have a little down time, and I’m not exactly sure what to do with it. I haven’t exactly had any down time since August, and with all that I’ve been trying to get done, it feels rather different not knowing exactly what I plan to do. Though, if there’s one thing I do know, and I’m excited for, it’s finally printing out my mess of a manuscript and giving it a good read, a thorough edit, and to tuck it away into the finished folder until later. (It’s been quite some time since anything has been put in there). 

After NaNo, I found myself thumbing through all of my old work, looking for something to start up again. Needless to say, I was presently surprised and very motivated to continue. I can only hope that when I am all done with my current project, that I’ll be just as excited about continuing my next, as I wholeheartedly enjoy the process. I’ve learned so much about myself as a writer, as well as what kind of message I want to convey throughout my writing. I’ve learned so much about the kind of characters I want to create and throw into their own worlds, and all that comes with it.

“Storytelling is hard work. It’s much more work than people realize, but it is indeed a beautiful thing. It’s something that us as writers can hold onto, something we can say that we’ve created to last us a long time. Be proud of the work you’ve created, even if there are times when you’ve wanted to scrap it entirely. It is worth it to read it through, it is worth it to make it into something you’re proud of.” 

If there’s another thing I plan to do with all of this newfound free time, it’s getting back into reading as well. With all the assignment I’ve had to turn in and all that I’d have to do on a daily basis, it’s been almost impossible to sit down and read a good book. My stack of what to read next has come a long way, and I can’t wait to delve into it.

Love, Anisa Nasir (3)

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