When I think back to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November 2017, I knew it would give me a kick-start to finish my never ending novel that sat collecting dust for almost two years. Who knew the day I signed up, I would eventually knock out 50,100 words in 30 days! Surreal as it may be, that November month was filled with NaNoWriMo energy by authors and aspiring writers worldwide.
So, I was thinking how do I maintain my concentration every day for the next stage of editing? What’s my focus? I wanted a sense of accountability and time management back in my day. Not the type that usually results in enormous work stress like in a day job, I’m talking about that warm ethereal feeling accomplishing a challenge that you set yourself.
For weeks, I slid down the rabbit hole of Google, and discovered a plethora of writing communities and publishing resources. Then I found the Australian Writers’ Centre and its awesome podcast “So you want to be a writer”, hosted by two talented authors, amongst other talents; Valerie Khoo & Allison Tait. These women inspired me. I joined, listened, participated and soon enough made some new connections.
Now, you might be wondering, “Why am I proofreading and editing myself? Why not just pay a proof-reader?”
Even though at some stage, I will need to engage a professional, I’m still curious about the publishing and editing world and having big fun along the way.
So dear friends for the next few months, I plan to limit my time down rabbit holes, perfect my writing craft, chip away at the editing process and keep engaging with supporting new writers. Soon enough, I too will have my manuscript ready to a standard I would happily share.
Off I go to find that egg timer.
See you next week 🙂