::Writing:: I won Nano … now what?

On November 26, 2010 by Aimee

NaNoWriMo gets a bit of a bad rep for its push to write 50k words in 30 days. The reality of it is that for some, it’s the group-motivation, camaraderie and challenge against others to reach that final number that pushes them to finish a project.

It’s like looking at your kids’ dirty room and saying … one day … it’s going to get clean. And then when they are 18, shoveling it all out the window into a giant dumpster so that you don’t have to touch whatever is growing in there.

Procrastination can be a writers greatest fault … and for some … the Internet and life, Facebook and Twitter, work and school … it all gets in the way of writing. So Nano is the challenge that gets some off the ground.

It was a challenge in 2009 when I won. I barely hit 50k the day before the deadline. But the story stunk and I left it to disappear into e-oblivion.

Now in 2010, I hit 50k on Nov. 17th, so engrossed in my story each evening, that I couldn’t put it away. I slowed after that knowing I’d met the challenge, but am now pushing 64k words with 4 more days in November … but that means … I won!

Now what?

Send it off to agents as the best new novel out there?
Let everyone read it?

Not on your life.

First, the story isn’t done. It’s got at least 15k more words to go. Secondly, it hasn’t been edited. Thirdly time hasn’t passed to let me digest what I wrote and see if it’s wonky… flaky … good and solid … something that needs to be trashed or what. Having already written 5 novels this year, I’m 100% sure this one isn’t trash (unlike my 2009 Nano project).

First Kiss(es) — which I’m writing under a different pen name, by the way : www.emigayle.com : the story needs time to simmer … like a good chili … you can prep it, stir it and tweak it for flavor in about 30 minutes, but the true test of its yumminess is when it tastes even better, the second day. 🙂

So, that’s what I’ll be doing … finishing, editing, tweaking and letting it simmer only to return to it in maybe … January/February time frame while I’m working on my 7th novel : Enigma. 🙂

Just to prove that I did in fact win … here is my super-fancy certificate of authenticity. 🙂 hehe.

Congratulations to ALL writers, whether you won or not! Bravo!

2010 NaNoWriMo Winners Certificate

2010 NaNoWriMo Winners Certificate