Monday, December 2, 2013

I won!

I wrote over 50,000 words in the form of a novel titled "Oh, the Insanity!" last month!
Unexpected side effects of winning include pride, a sense that I can accomplish anything, and increased self-confidence as a writer.
Now, what should I do with my manuscript? Should I submit it to my fans (some of whom have already asked to read it)? Should I go ahead and write an awesome query letter for agents?
I'm going to follow the advice of Katharine Grubb from and ignore my manuscript for at least 3 months, probably 6. Why? For several reasons.
1. Because I know that I need some distance in order to even consider starting the editing process.
2. Because the first draft is always horrible (pretty sure Anne Lamott nailed this truth).
3. Because seasoned writers have advised it.
4. Because I have a book draft to get an agent for already, as well as a memoir that needs finishing.

So I'm going to revel in my victory and return to my regularly scheduled writing programming. But maybe in 6 - 12 months I'll have a hilarious office comedy novel to publish. Maybe not. But I know I'll do Nanowrimo again next year.

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