Ten Thoughts You Have When You Finish NaNoWriMo

Ten Thoughts You Have When You Finish NaNoWriMo

Yesterday I finally — finally — finished the National Novel Writing Month! In a previous post I mentioned that this year’s 50,000-word challenge has been a slog, so I’m pretty glad to be done. Writing (the first draft of) a book in a month is a fun, difficult, and rewarding feat, and you’ll go through all sorts of highs and lows before you finish NaNoWriMo. After completing this challenge seven times now, I’ve found that there are many ways you might feel when you get to the end of the month and cross that glorious finish line. I’ll let you guess which thoughts are true for me this year!

  1. Yes! My fifty thousand words are complete! It’s party time!
    When You Finish NaNoWriMo: Party Time
  2. Whew, I need a nap. A long nap. And maybe some coffee.
  3. Actually, scratch the coffee. I’ve had enough of that already this month.
  4. This is so awesome. I wrote a book. A book! An actual, 50,000 word book!
  5. Wow, think of all the fun things I have time for now that I’m done this book…
  6. Oh gosh, this writing is awful. My plot is full of holes, my characters are one dimensional, and the grammar… Ugh! I have so much editing to do. How did I ignore all of this?
    When You Finish NaNoWriMo: Ignoring My Novel's Problems
  7. I don’t need to edit yet — editing is for December! Time to decorate the house for the holidays, snuggle up under a blanket, and maybe think about editing. Just maybe.
  8. Oo, winner goodies! Should I buy a winner t-shirt? Stickers? Posters? Should I donate (again)?
  9. Wow, NaNoWriMo really knocked the wind out of me. Going to sleep now. Never writing again.
    When You Finish NaNoWriMo: Sleeping Forever
  10. Hmm… What am I going to write next year?

As we head into the last few days of November, what thoughts are running through your head? Comment below when you finish NaNoWriMo, no matter what your word count might be!