If you took part in NaNoWriMo and completed your 50,000 words - or a figure near to it - December is an odd time. Some people wake up on December 1st and carry on writing, having discovered they do have the discipline needed for daily writing. They may cut the daily figure to a more managebable amount but they will write. Others find themselves exhausted for a few days and then return to their usual routine. Most people probably throw themselves into the areas of their life they've neglected for 30 days, such friends, family, housework, and other writing projects.
I will be balancing all the extra demands December brings with the personal issues I raised in my last post and my first short story collection that will be published on February 11th next year. I'll also be polishing the first chapter of my NaNoWriMo novel before sending it for the agent critique I won in October. So, I will be just as busy.
Post-nano, people respond in different ways. However, most participants will put their 50k away for a so-called break and promise to return to them in the New Year. But do they? How many of them will simply file it under 'Maybe One Day'? How many wait for November the following year and just start a new project?
But if taking part has revealed a joy for writing you never knew existed and/or has taught you the discipline needed for daily writing, even if you do shelve your 50k, it wasn't a waste of time. You will continue to write. You will make the time because you now know writing is just as important to you as many other keys areas of your life. Re-choice in the knowledge that you have not wasted your time, and that you do have the fortitude and strength to see a project through from beginning to end. Finally, remember a shelved project can be returned to at any time.
Don't forget to call back Wednesday, when the awesome David P. King will be my Speculative Fiction Writer guest. I still have February 6th, 20th, and 27th free, if anyone is interested in being interviewed by myself or would like to write a guest post promoting their book, website, or any other aspect of their writing.
This Thursday sees the launch of Writers4Writers, a new initiative to help promote an authors work. This month's spotlighted author will be Nancy Thompson. Visit the W4WS Facebook page to learn more.
Now go. Write. Share with us what NaNoWriMo and other time-intensive projects have taught you. Tell us your plans for December and beyond.