The Sure-Fire Cure to Your NaNoWriMo Hangover

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Every November, writers both established and aspiring put themselves to a test of attrition: Write a novel in one month.

National Novel Writing Month—NaNoWriMo, for those who speak hashtag or portmanteau—began in 1999 as a lark between 21 aspiring novelists who wanted to “make some noise.” It has since morphed into a bona fide event in the writing world. This past year, more than 400,000 people participated, and if previous years are an indication, approximately 10% met their goal of a 50,000-word draft between November 1 and 30.

Now, November is gone, and we’re in the midst of what NaNoWriMo’s official website calls the “Now What?” months. Full and partial drafts need editing, revision, restructuring, and other development, but what’s the best way to actually accomplish those tasks and realize your fully formed book?

That’s where a certified ghostwriter can help. If you participated in NaNoWriMo and aren’t sure how to take the next steps with your book project, consider these options:

  • If you finished a full draft, congratulations! Now, you’ll need to take off your writer’s hat, put on your editor’s lederhosen, and take scope of your work. Distance yourself from the project—pretend you’re reading a book you found in the street—then consider the book’s structure, plot, characters, voice, tone, themes, exposition, dialogue, and other facets, forming an honest assessment of what’s working and what’s not. Even for a polished first draft or an experienced writer, this is a huge and complex undertaking, and the skills necessary to do it don’t necessarily align perfectly with the skills used to produce a draft in the first place. A certified ghostwriter can identify the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript and help you move forward with prioritized, actionable recommendations for improvement—including the all-important but often-overlooked structural edit.

  • If you didn’t finish a full draft but got a good start, then you may need a boost to complete the job. Your novel’s plot threads may be left dangling, characters may be stuck, or perhaps the book as a whole is not going in the direction you imagined. A certified ghostwriter routinely takes in-progress work that is stuck or in need of a guiding hand and helps get it across the finish line, establishing deadlines and producing pages while working with the author to connect all the narrative threads, develop characters, and strengthen themes.

  • If you didn’t generate many actual pages but you know your idea is strong, then you may need someone else to translate the vivid story in your head onto the page. Maybe time got away from you, maybe the muse didn’t speak, or maybe it turned out that you weren’t actually that interested in the day-to-day writing grind as much as the big-picture story. Whatever the case, a certified ghostwriter will do the heavy lifting to produce a full draft of your novel, building all the elements from the ground up on a set schedule while seamlessly capturing your voice on the page as if you’d written the book yourself.

For too many writers, NaNoWriMo is both the beginning and the end of their literary dreams. To ensure that your book lives on and becomes the best possible version of itself, call (800) 717-3314 or email for a free consultation.

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