Getting over NaNoWriMo

There seem to be a lot of writers suffering from post-Nano exhaustion. That’s understandable. It’s rough to open up a vein and pour out your soul for 30 straight days, at top speed. But NaNoWriMo has been over for 9 days, so the numbness should have worn off, and you really need to get back to your regular life: writing every day, NOT at breakneck speed. Plus you probably have a pile of laundry, hungry children, sticky floors and a husband in bad need of date night. I know I do.

First, reacquaint yourself with people. Hello children! How was your November? What’d I miss? Let them show you their latest refrigerator drawing, scientific discovery, and mega-building made of legos, rocks, and leftover Kleenex. (You’ll clean that up later.) Next, hire a babysitter and take your husband out. Things may have happened to him during November as well. Tell him about your novel if he wants to hear about it, but mostly let him talk. Call your mother.

Next, tackle that gross floor and laundry. Thank goodness for washing machines, right? Break out the swiffer, the Roomba, the regular old Libman, whatever you’ve got and clean up. Put some elbow into it.

Revive a nice old standby recipe for dinner. Use real plates. And non-plastic forks.

Go through your mail. There might be a check in there. You don’t know! Catch up.

Take a few minutes (an hour if you have it) to reacquaint yourself with your environment. Go for a walk. Do some yoga. Jog. Get an ice-cream. Say hi to your local librarian. It’s nice to do things away from your computer screen.

Ah! Doesn’t that feel better?

Now don’t go and ruin things by reading that NaNoWriMo manuscript. It’s only been 9 days. You’ll edit in January. It’s not going anywhere.


4 thoughts on “Getting over NaNoWriMo

  1. Tracey says:

    Yeah, I’m slowly getting there. This morning my husband said something about the giant pile of laundry. We’re all nearly out of underwear.

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