November is finally over, and now that you’ve had a chance to catch up on some much-needed sleep, you might be planning the next steps in the life of your novel. Today, author and Municipal Liaison E.A. Comiskey shares her advice for polishing the draft you wrote in November:
hope you are wildly proud of yourself! You took a chance on a wild
journey this November, and even if you didn’t end up
exactly where you expected, I have no doubt you made
some remarkable progress.
now what? Here are a few suggestions for next steps:
1. Step away from your novel.
of all, step away. Fifty
thousand words in thirty days is enough to fry the most seasoned
writer’s brain. You’re done. You’re no longer seeing clearly. Walk
away for a little while. Go introduce yourself to those people in
your living room. I’ll bet they’ve missed you! Breathe in some fresh
air. Stretch your muscles. Do some Christmas shopping. Read a book.
Any book except the one you just wrote.