This post first appeared as a NaNoWriMo NH Regional email written by Municipal Liaison, Yvette Couser
[USA :: New Hampshire] December 2 Pep Talk: Dear Author
Congratulations – you survived!
At the end of the day, we had 814 Wrimos who had set their home region to NH with 215 of those reaching 50K and validating before midnight. We wrote a total of 16,500,578 words, beating our three regional neighbors in our word wars!
Participating in NaNoWriMo for any length of time is not easy. Ignoring the nay-sayers to write a story that needs telling is not easy. I tip my Viking helmet to each one of you.
Now it’s time to celebrate! This week, there are several TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) celebrations** happening and I hope you check the calendar and can make it out to one. Or, if you’ve been meeting with a group regularly, plan to get together and celebrate! Read excerpts of your novel. Commiserate. Congratulate each other.
The Celebrations don’t stop there. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Governor Maggie Hassan has declared Nov 30-Dec 6 to be NH Writer’s Week! (For more info on this proclamation, see this link) Coincidence…?
Once you’ve congratulated yourself, give yourself permission to relax. Take a break from the computer for a while. Catch up on sleep. Reintroduce yourself to society (slowly). Figure out where your housemates put stuff away for you. Get out and stretch your legs. Throw in a nap or two. Do a couple loads of laundry or dishes. Enjoy the holidays. Be proud of yourself. But don’t forget about your novel.
In a couple of weeks, you’ll receive an email from NaNoWriMo HQ with some information about the next step…what to do now that you’ve written your novel. Look for this and make a commitment to participate in the “Now What?” months of January and February when you can continue developing your first draft. See what happens…
It has been my honor to serve as your ML, and I wish you all much continued success! (now, I’m off to catch up on more sleep and laundry!)