NaNoWriMo Is Over: What Should I Do Next?

I asked myself this simple question. NaNoWrio is over; NaNoHop is over. What should I do next?

NaNoWriMo has been an epic failure. I tried and failed. But I did learn some valuable lessons. NaNoHop was time-consuming. But thanks to an excellent initiative by Raimey Gallant, I am now part of an awesome community of writers who share common goals, getting published and growing their audience.

Novice But Also Naive

As much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to fiction writing, I am naive. Not a novice but naive. I am aware it is the way it is due to my presumption of how easy writing fiction is.

I know little about the publishing world and just a tad bit more about self-publishing (my friend has had his book self-published). I have a few have ideas about marketing but nothing concrete.

I have too much on my plate, yet I am hungry.


For NaNoWriMo, I downloaded Scrivener but ended up writing on Evernote because it was too late to learn how to use Scrivener.

I have a short story that I would like to use as a giveaway but struggle every time I sit to work on the formatting from word to a decent looking ebook.

I have many ebooks stored on Kindle about writing, marketing and building an audience and yet I never get around reading any of them.

I have spent time searching, researching and enrolling for online courses and yet never get around completing them.

As it is self-evident, I have a lot on my plate, but I haven’t gotten around completing any of it.

The Unicorn Of Productivity

Each time I think about getting back to writing, I am distracted back to the list above. I feel worried that I will never get around to the huge list in time. Instead of working, I am worrying. Always.

I have been doing it for years (at least when it comes to writing) and it has got me nowhere. One thing I am definitely not going to do is worry about things I cannot or will not do.


What I intend to do is to uni-task. Do One Thing At A Time. Maybe it is just me. Maybe I am not built to handle 2 things at that same time even though I can.

Uni-Task is my Unicorn.

I know what I need to work on and I will just stick to working on it.I am sure some of you reading this, are also are in a similar situation. Knowing that you have a lot to tackle and to simply not have the time can be frustrating and debilitating.

I wish I could tell you to follow my advice and uni-task, but each individual and the problem they face is unique.

Unique problem requires a unique solution.

For the writers here, how did you tackle this obstacle? What moves you to sit down, focus and get to writing?


10 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Is Over: What Should I Do Next?

  1. I know what you mean by every word you have written because I have had the same struggles. And as for your questions. What motivates me to sit and write is that I love to do it. I have fun with it. And I hold on to that before to anything. Editing (and bleeding) will come, as well as publishing and being recognized. But first things first: you’re a writer, then write. I tell that to myself to stay focused. Greetings!

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  2. Arbitrary end dates. I will have x thing done by December 31. It doesn’t matter that it is totally random and set for myself, it helps a lot. And momentum. And for me a side helping of continuous feeling of failure. I don’t recommend the last one. But self imposed due dates are really good. Especially if you tell the world. Hey world. I’ll have my short story ready by January 15! Look forward to it.

    Suddenly you have focus and goal.

    At least that’s what helps me. Which is probably why I haven’t finished my novel edit but have finished other stuff this month.


  3. I have trouble seeing one task to completion, so i don’t know why, like you, i try to take on more more more, because nothing still gets done and now I’m overwhelmed. I’m stil trying to find that balance, but i think picking and sticking with one thing is the best way to go. And focusing less on what to do after it’s written! Enjoy writing it first!

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  4. I’ve spent much of my writing time this month on the NaNo Hop and to a lesser extent my own blog, but it was an intentional break after NaNoWriMo. I don’t suppose it should be surprising that many of the folks blogging this month are expressing similar ideas about their satisfactions and dissatisfactions with 2016.

    This year I’m cutting back on my blogging and platform-building goals. Fewer goals should mean less time going to those efforts, especially when it seems like the law of diminishing returns applies to the time I spend on social media: I can spend a lot of hours chasing a small improvement in statistics.

    My writing goals are almost unchanged from last year, which is an indicator of where my disappointments about 2016 lie! What has changed is my intent to apply what works for me during NaNoWriMo to my daily, weekly, and monthly objectives.

    This all sounds dry and boring, doesn’t it? This isn’t why I write. I don’t want to lose sight of the pure joy that comes from putting creative words down on the keyboard, especially when I’m (however momentarily) happy with the look and sound of them!

    But, if I don’t put at least a little focus on an overarching plan and objectives, nothing at all happens. The days fly by and my stories haven’t grown.

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  5. I’m one of those writers who *has* to write – it’s in my DNA. I didn’t decide to write, I’ve always written.

    Your list of things to do will have no meaning if you don’t have a body of writing to edit/draft/submit/publish – so, sit down, with your favourite drink, snack, film/music playing and write anything you like. Make it enjoyable, make it something you want to do. There’ll be plenty of time for all that other stuff later 🙂

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