Monday, November 30, 2015

NaNoWriMo's Over: Now What?

Okay, so you’ve pounded out a first draft of your new novel, thanks to that intense writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo.

That’s great! Congratulations! But before you drop everything and go looking for an agent or an editor or a publisher to publish your NaNoWriMo masterpiece, STOP!

I know, I know, you turned out 50,000 words and that’s swell. But you’re not ready for prime time yet. Because you are only halfway there.

As I tell writers all the time, over and over again, the people who get published are the people who:

1)      Finish,
2) Revise.

So good for you! You finished. Now you have to revise. The good news is, compared to creating an entire story out of the thin air of your imagination, revising is a cinch. In fact, it’s actually fun.

Think of it as decorating. You’ve built the house; now you get to fill it with furniture and books and art and love.

You get to make your house a home. Go for it—and then write that query letter.

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