WRITING UPDATE #1: After Nanowrimo

Writing Update One After Nanowrimo


As most of you know, I participated in Nanowrimo for the first time last month and hit 50,000 words on November 25th. My story continued on briefly after that, but while I had projected it would be in the 55,000-60,000 word range for the first draft, it actually ended up being less than 52,000.

So now that my first draft is out of the way, I’m left with the daunting question of what to do next. Do I give myself a break? Do I start editing? Do I try writing something else?

I’ve received a number of comments attempting to help me solve this problem, and the overwhelming response has been that I should wait so that when I return to the story I will be more distant from it and better able to look at it objectively. I was unsure about this at first, but when I caved in this morning and read a few pages I wasn’t completely repulsed by it, so it has definitely not been enough time.

So I’ve decided on option three: I’m going to start a whole new project, and only when I finish the first draft of that will I return to my Nano story. I’m hoping this goes as planned, because I’ve only successfully completed one full-length novel and expecting to finish another one in a short period of time may be a lofty goal.

I’ve already started planning out my new story, but this time I have taken a much different approach. I have always been a firm believer in the use of Google Drive and its automatically-saving, online-accessible wonderfulness, so it feels strange to say that I won’t be using Google Drive at all this time around.

That’s right: I have finally given into the hype of Scrivener.

I’ve always been a little skeptical about Scrivener, even though I’ve only ever heard positive things about it. I probably never would have even tried it out if it weren’t for the 50% off coupon for Nanowrimo winners. I figured that if everyone loves it so much, there must be a reason, and after playing around with the trial version I can see why people swear by it. I’m enjoying the ability to access my plans in the same document as my writing; it makes the process much more efficient, and I have a feeling it will help me to better stay on track.

I’m satisfied with how it’s helping me plan, and I’m even sort of excited about what this new idea might become. I’m not at all the kind of person who comes up with story ideas left and right (or at all, really: I have a decent one like once a year), so I’m crossing my fingers that this one might have potential. It centers around a heavy theme, so I’m going to do my best to pull that off!

I wish everyone the best of luck in all their writing endeavors! Now that Nano is over, I’m going to have to change a lot about my routine, and hopefully this new habit of writing daily will catch on in the long-run!

Happy writing!



8 thoughts on “WRITING UPDATE #1: After Nanowrimo

  1. Paul December 6, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I think leaving it awhile is the right thing to do. I’m probably going revisit my draft sometime in the New Year. I’m sure a lot of it will be rewritten!

    Good choice on Scrivener by the way. I’ve used this software for some time and find it invaluable for planning, structuring and keeping everything together for a particular writing project. It’s also extremely versatile when it comes to churning out your finished ebook or printed book. I’m still using Scrivener 2 but will be upgrading shortly.

    Good luck with your writing!

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    • Bailey December 7, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you and good luck with your editing!!


  2. Nox December 7, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    AJ likes Google Docs for sharing with her betas. It’s easy to set up, but having said that. Google Docs isn’t convenient for the way she tells my story (or any story) but she needs an online version. If you like Scrivener, you might want to check out Dabble http://dabblewriter.com it’s online, has several tools similar to Scrivener but it’s online and you can use it on and off line.

    Good luck with your new project!

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  3. peterjfoote December 8, 2017 / 12:43 am

    I won NaNOWriMo as well this year (my first time trying it), and received the same advice to walk away from it for a bit.
    My plan is too revisit it in the new year, until then I plan on working on a couple short stories.
    I use Scrivener, and love it. I do believe version 3.0 is due out for Windows soon. Just an FYI.

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  4. Missy December 8, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Distancing yourself from your work is a good idea, that’s the one thing I learned from my writing course. When I edited my 2016 novel in like April I think of this year, I really noticed a ton of errors and it was very helpful to learn that.

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  5. healed1337 December 13, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    That’s what I tend to do as well. I write or edit several projects before I edit something I just wrote. In fact, the next book I’m going to edit (most likely in January) is a book I haven’t touched in 2 full years now (it was my 2015 NaNoWriMo project). It’s been so long that I might not be able to do enough advanced planning to do as good of an edit as I would like, but I’m looking forward to working on it again.

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