NaNoWriMo is Over: Now What?

The month of November has come and gone with my NaNoWriMo activities. The excitement is over, and now for the glory: I did make my 50,000 words! #NaNoWinner2015

Although Book 2 is still not finished, I’ve made a lot of progress. I uncovered the subplots needed to carry the book through, I met my word count by turning off my internal editor, and I know that I can write every day if I commit to it.

Expect some exciting Saturday Snippets of the new bits I’ve added, as well as some other things I learned or discovered during my NaNo journey.

Next Steps

For the novel:

Updating my electronic files to bring all the disparate pieces together, from all the different places I’ve stored it: Google Docs, Dropbox, scrap paper, and my ultimate Scrivener file. Once it’s all in one place, I’ll need to reorder it and add in the new scenes I’ve plotted. There’s some rearranging of the story line that needs to happen so that I can continue forward with minimal rewriting. Then I’ll update all my scene targets and keep at it. I also left out all the research elements I discovered I needed: some basic botany, a better look at where scenes were occurring within the universe of Andoth, and why I might pick certain characters to do a particular task.

For the blog:

Schedule some posts I prepared on days that I was having trouble moving forward on the novel. As many people have pointed out, it’s MUCH easier to write informally than formally, and on the days I needed some extra padding, throwing together a quick blog post was the easiest way to do it. What that really taught me was that I can blog more than I currently do without slowing my progress on my novel-writing. Several of the posts I prepared are really long, so it looks like we’ll have a few series coming up in 2016.

For myself:

Even though I hit my word count early yesterday, my husband and I still didn’t go to bed early since we hadn’t spent a lot of time getting to talk without the interruption of two very precious but attention-needing munchkins. So we spent the evening catching up. Now I need to focus a little more on getting back into an exercise routine and find a better balance of writing within the confines of healthier choices.

Games We Play

After spending grueling hours organizing the home office on Saturday, my husband and I decided to play on our seldom-used Wii.  Having never played video games as a child, I am at a distinct disadvantage using any type of game controller, but I’ve been using the Wii to stream fitness videos since we bought some games during the Christmas sales.

He suggested we play a bit of a popular dance game, which has been sitting unused since we’d opened it that first day and played through a couple of songs, during which time my video game aficionado spouse demonstrated a frustrating talent for winning the high scores despite my many years of dance training.

Saturday, however, a new family gamer emerged when I started winning, not every time, and not always by a huge margin, but consistently.  Convinced this new turn of events was a fluke, K insisted the batteries in his controller were weak and my position in front of the sensor was superior…  In short, he used the same protests I had to explain my poor performance that first night when I was so thoroughly trounced.  Except this time, trading controllers and switching places didn’t change the results, and I kept improving.

Sometimes we make excuses for ourselves when a little applied effort will garner better results.  What that really means is that I should stop whining and just finish cleaning the office already.

Has there been a time when trying a little harder and getting a little more practice paid off for you?