Now that NaNoWriMo is over, what’s next?by Lori Beasley Bradley
For those of you who gave it your all but didn’t quite get there: Good for you, and keep at it!
For those of you who got in front of the computer and stalled after two or three words: Let your story simmer for a while. And never fear – NaNoWriMo will roll round again in 12 months!
At 10:15 p.m. on November 25, 2014, I typed the final words for the first draft of The Ruby Queen! 70,000 words and 19 chapters! I am very excited. In a few days, I will begin my editing. I will continue to present chapters to my critique group for their invaluable input. I recommend that anyone trying to write a novel join such a group. They are like a personal editorial staff. I learn something new every time I go and have improved my writing. It has been a very beneficial experience for me.
In order to succeed at completing NaNoWriMo, I forced myself to do a very detailed outline and character studies. Those I did before November, and the story almost wrote itself. I knew my characters and where I wanted them to go. They told me how to get them there.
I used the Snowflake outline method that combines the outline and character study into one process. I recommend it.
I know I have a lot of work ahead of me with the edit, but I am actually putting Book 2 together in my head already!
I hope you all had a great NaNoWriMo, too.
Lori is beginning a new project she is calling The Soiled Dove Sagas. It will be a three-book series about two young women who find themselves taking up prostitution as a way to make a living in the 1870s. Lori’s first book is The Legend of the Swamp Witch. Follow Lori on Facebook or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.