NaNo is over.
The rush is over.
The forced writing is over.
And the divine inspiration and mad sprints are over.
What remains might be a sense of accomplishment and… exhaustion.
That’s totally okay. Acknowledge both. Celebrate. Get some rest.
But what comes next?
Thing is, in November, you built up momentum. You learned that you can write, even if it gets rough. You WROTE.
And that’s a good thing to carry over into December and beyond.
So don’t stop writing.
Write less, yes. Edit more, yes.
But stay with your story and make it beautiful. Polish the rough edges, fill in the parts that got left out due to NaNo speed requirements. Take a deeper look at your world, and find out more about your characters and NPCs.
Keep going, at a pace that also allows some recovery and reorientation.
But definitely keep going.
Here’s some tapping on that.
Even though I’m so exhausted now that Nano is done, and I did get a lot of writing in, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now choose to keep going at a level that’s more sustainable.
Even though it was so exhausting to write so much and to push myself every day, I’m still totally okay, and I now choose to keep working on my story and really finish and polish it at a pace that’s good for me.
Even though I rushed through the story, just to get NaNo done, and I know there is so much more to it than I have, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now give myself permission to explore that world and polish the story.
How do you feel about your NaNo experience?
What do you love most about your story?
What would you like to do with it?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – what are you creating right now?
Please share in a comment!
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