The Next Steps: Life After NaNoWriMo

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two months since NaNoWriMo 2017 ended. I was able to complete the rough draft of the third book in my three-book series, which was a relief for numerous reasons. Not the least among them was the fact that I had little idea of where the story was heading when I sat down at the keyboard on November 1. But it is complete, and the manuscript is in the drawer until a date yet to be determined.

The next order of business now that the holidays are over and we have settled in after a quick move to another town? Re-write the first book in the series.

My goals at this point are simple. First, re-write the first book into a stronger and truer first draft. Second, do more research to make sure my historical tidbits line up. Third, write the second draft and make it presentable for a group of early manuscript readers. Then from there it will be a matter of re-writing the areas that need it, do any more research that is suggested/needed, and prepare the work for a second round of reading.

I may need to reconsider my definition of simple…

The most simple part of the plan is to chronicle my journey via this blog. My hope is that you’ll join me and share your experiences as a writer (or a reader!) along the way.

How did your NaNoWriMo go? Did you ‘win’? What are your plans for writing in 2018?

– Melinda

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