Life After NaNoWriMo: Novel Editing, What’s Next, and Kickstarting a New Routine

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“I have been away from the blogging scene for quite sometime, as for after NaNoWriMo, I decided to take a bit of time to dedicate to my book. After what seemed like ages, I’m finally ready to get back into a comfortably productive routine. While I’ve spent majority of the past month editing my book, I’ve felt as though I’ve missed jumping on here to write a blog post to kickstart my productivity. It’s always kept me in check, and it feels really good to be back.”

This past NaNoWriMo has been quite an interesting experience for me, one I was very happy with as I wasn’t able to complete last year’s. I settled on a story I fell in love with as I wrote, one that still needs a lot of work, but one that I knew I’d enjoy editing. The entire month had been rather consistent, until the final day rolled around and things just seemed to fall out of place where the rest of the story was concerned, and I knew it was something I couldn’t set aside until the editing process rolled around. So I cut 10,000 words, and rewrote them before 3pm that day. It was an interesting experience, but I managed to do it, and managed to finish with an ending I’m happy with. Spending so much time writing the book, and then beginning the editing process, I certainly fell out of touch with my daily productive routine, for there’d be times I sit at my computer for hours trying to get words down, or now trying to edit and move things around. However, it’s been a rewarding experience, and now I’m wholeheartedly ready to get back into doing the things I love, the things I had to set aside until I completed the first round of the project.

What’s Next for the Book

I’ve been spending quite a bit of my time really working through the plot, making sure that each loose end is tied off nicely, and that my characters receive the time and effort they each individually deserve. The final day of NaNoWriMo, I was able to have the entire manuscript printed out and bound at a local Staples so that I could take it around with me, read it from beginning to end, and make notes as I go along. The first draft is never a finished product, and while I was writing I did take the time to highlight and note certain things I may have wanted to change, so that did aid in the editing process quite a bit. It is by no means finished, but it is the first time I’ve actually made the effort to thoroughly edit an entire novel, before deciding on what the next steps may be. It has been challenging, trying to give it enough time while juggling studying for my exams. Though, now that those are finally over, I can focus on creating content I enjoy. 

What’s Next for the Blog

Logging onto WordPress today was an interesting experience, for the entire post editing interface is different, but I do quite like it. It’s just going to take a bit of getting used to. Now that I’ve managed to outline my blogging schedule for the rest of the month, straight into next year, I have a better idea of the kind of content I want to create and share with you all. I also want to focus a bit of my attention on writing smaller pieces, so I can still exercise my creativity while I finish up editing my NaNoWriMo 2018 novel. I’d also like to post a few of those pieces right here, as well as discuss books I may be loving at the moment. I look forward to finally getting a chance to read all of those books that have been sitting on my bookcase waiting for a bit of free time. Now, with exams over, with the editing process well underway, I can begin to settle back into a productive lifestyle. 

I’ve managed to get back into utilizing a new weekly spread planner, and I find it a lot easier to use than a traditional one, especially as I’ve been at my desk quite a lot. It’s a nice change to see everything out in front of you, all at once, so I can input everything into my google calendar quite easily, while still enjoying writing things out. November-December has been a “plan-as-you-go” sort of period, until now, as I had to make the best use of my time for it had been exam season. Now that I can focus a lot of my planning on the content I want to create, it’s nice to see it all in one place. 

The weekly spread I use: Peachly Weekly Planner Notepad

Thank you for reading!

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