Finish Line


It’s the last day of NaNo!!!

So, gang, how’s you do?

Whether you finished or not, I’m totally proud of your efforts–every word you wrote is a word toward victory!

Debriefing is an important part of the process, so why don’t we all share our ups and downs of Nano?

Feel free post your experience in the comments.

Now, one tip I can give you:


I’m not joking. Set that sucker aside. Now. πŸ˜‰

Next month, I’ll focus on topics that’ll help your resist the urge to open your NaNo WIP doc and start revising.

15 comments on “Finish Line

  1. Sarah says:

    I didn’t officially do NaNo, but between the two mss I’ve worked on this month, I’ve written over 70k words, so I guess it sort of feels like I have πŸ™‚ With the first, I’ve put it aside, but with the second, I don’t have that luxury, and I sort of wish I did! Congratulations to all NaNo participants!

  2. Lynn Rush says:

    Yay!!!! NaNo is done!!! Great advice on the putting your MS in the “drawer” for a month. I love NaNo. It’s just FUN. Hanging out with all those awesome writers. Talking each other through it. Laughing. Eating chocolate. IT’s just a great time!

  3. kendallgrey says:

    I’m sitting at 67K, so I crossed the Nano finish line, but I still have a long ways to go before I finish (shooting for at least 90K). My plan is to leave the MS alone while I work on making the other two in this series sparkle. I should get back to this one in a month or so. YAY!

  4. Writer Jobs says:

    Great post thanks. I really enjoyed it very much.

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  5. akossket says:

    Oh no doubt about it. My nano novel is going into a solid drawer for a few MONTHS. It was quite the challenge but I made the word count and I still have a lot of the story to tell… later πŸ™‚
    I have reading and editing to catch up on so there is no chance I will be tempted to jump in my nano novel anytime soon.
    Thanks for being a great cheerleader.

  6. Very good advice!

    Congrats, NaNo writers, for making the attempt! And double congrats if you made it to 50k! πŸ™‚

  7. Stephanie says:

    I didn’t do NaNo this year. But I’ve got some stuff in the pipeline that I’m looking forward to working on as November ends and December dawns.

    Congrats to everyone who did NaNo!

  8. lexcade says:

    I’m with Akossket. I’m not quite done with the wip. In fact, I have NO IDEA what the word count will end up as, but it scares me. πŸ˜€ I’m gonna be finishing up edits on Duality and reading until my eyeballs fall out until January.’

    Congrats to everyone who participated!!! NaNo is NOT easy. Holy cow. But it was a lot of fun. Even on those days I panicked because I’d barely squeaked out a few hundred words.

  9. Karen Lange says:

    Congrats to the NaNo gang! πŸ™‚

  10. lenny says:

    hi dr laura!
    wowee! big HOORAY for you and all the ones that got over the finish line.
    …hugs from lenny

  11. kmcambion says:

    I had a good run this year. I’m throwing my NaNo into my documents folder and not looking at it until I’m ready to do draft 1.0.

  12. Leigh Moore says:

    putting it away’s the hardest part, but it makes all the difference in the world. Congrats to all the Nanners~ πŸ˜€ ❀

  13. Congrats to all the NaNoers out there!

    My experience was much like a few of the others. I reached the 50,000 word count goal, however my story is about 10-20,000 short of being complete. I’m debating whether to write it to the end and then tuck it away for a while, or just sticking it in the “drawer” right away.

  14. Congrats to you all! One of these years I’d love to join you! Christy

  15. Carrie-Anne says:

    I decided not to sign up since I still hadn’t finished the long sequel to my Russian historical novel yet. I finished that at 406,000 words on 5 November, and on 9 November began a new book (the third in a contemporary historical family saga) I wrote 50,000 words of during the remainder of the month. This is probably going to be one of my shortest non-YA books, at an estimated length of 150-200k.

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