Well NaNo is over. Raise your hand if you’re glad.
But now that it’s all over, how do you get back your regular writing routine? It’s may not as easy as you think.
Odds are you fall into one of two camps. Either you’re sick of writing and sick of your story, or you’re really energized and just hitting your stride. If this last bit describes you, then you can read the rest of this post when you hit the wall.
You’re tired of your story, you’re characters are irritating you, your hands hurt, you’re tired, your plot has so many holes you’re afraid it’s leaking water…
You earned a week off, haven’t you?
Yes. You really have.
But don’t you dare take it.
Have you ever run a sprint and stopped right after the finish? You can really hurt yourself. You’re supposed to coast to a stop. Warm down (that is the opposite of warm up, isn’t it?).
Do the same thing with your writing or you will risk a wicked writer’s cramp. If you want to put your story away for a week or two, that’s fine. Spend 15 minutes a day in your journal, or on a writing prompt, or jotting down an idea for a new story…or blogging. But don’t take the time off.
Over the last 30 days you’ve developed quite a writing habit. This habit is one you shouldn’t break.