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Celebrating NaNoWriMo Accomplishments Whether You Win or Not
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November 2019
Written by
She Writes
November 2019

We've said it a million times and we'll say it again: completing NaNoWriMo isn't easy. Whether you wrote one great chapter, tapped out halfway through or made it to the end and wrote over 50,000 words, there's something to celebrate.

You Have A Great New Starting Point

Even if you only wrote a few pages or chapters, you have more written material now then you did a month ago. If you enjoyed where the writing is going, take this as a jumping-off point. You can now continue the story you started without the pressure that comes with participating in NaNoWriMo. If you're not inspired to continue with the story now, save the file somewhere on your computer for a rainy day when you need something to spark your creativity.

You Got A Bad Idea Out of Your System

Maybe you got partway through writing your draft and figured out you hated the story idea or it just didn't play out the way you expected it to. But that's OK because you can now celebrate the fact that you only spent a short amount of time writing that book. Feel free to scrap it and move on with your next great idea. 

You Met New People

One of the best parts of NaNoWriMo is the community it fosters. If you invested in getting to know other writers in your area (or even far away) throughout the process, you can walk away from November knowing you've expanded your circle of writing friends. These people will be great resources down the road when you need advice or further inspiration.

Your Wrote An Entire Manuscript

The best thing you can celebrate after NaNoWriMo is a completed first draft. If you made it through a grueling month of writing every day and came out victorious, you have a lot to celebrate. Whether or not you decide to publish the manuscript is a different story but now you have the option to do whatever you'd like with your finished story.

Get to Editing

Let's face it, NaNoWriMo is a whirlwind and the draft that results from it tends to be a bit of a mess with some serious nuggets buried in it. Sometimes the best way to celebrate your NaNo win is to start polishing.

Raise a Glass, Go to Dinner and Get Back to Writing

There's nothing wrong with a literal celebration. Maybe on December 1 you go out to a fancy dinner as a reward or go on a bookstore binge. It's fantastic to just soak up the moment for a second. For many, NaNo is the first time they ever make significant progress on a novel after years of wishing and that deserves a toast! Just don't forget that NaNoWriMo is only the beginning of your story's journey. There's a lot more writing to do!

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