So that was November and with it NaNoWriMo. I hope everyone succeeded, but those who didn’t shouldn’t worry there’s always next year and in between now and then is a wealth of time in which to re-evaluate approach. For those who didn’t quite succeed,did you spend too much time staring out the window dreaming of NaNoWriMo victory? Did you not manage to flesh out characters into relatable and believable people before falling into a trap of frustration and a lack of willingness to continue. Did you start out with a fantastic idea and write like a demon but then peter out towards the end?
All these problems are common and frequently suffered, you are not alone. Take a break, this period of time before the next NaNoWriMo burst is brilliant for reflection and planning, just because you didn’t finish your novel this month doesn’t mean you can’t finish it and with a little time to breathe and refresh it could be all the better for it. Perhaps take some time to discuss where you’d like to go with it with a friend, colleague, family member or pet if it helps! That way by the time the next NaNoWriMo rolls around you’re a lean mean novel writing machine and ready to show that writers block who’s boss.
That having been said I hope that nobody is too burnt out to enjoy Christmas and all the excesses that come with it. What do you have lined up on your Christmas reading list. Are you a traditionalist with a dog eared copy of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or just boning up with Great British Bake Off: Christmas. Personally I believe I’ll be reading Santa Comes to Norwich until I have it memorised, the joys of children at Christmas.