This is it, guys. The end of November and NaNoWriMo along with it. Can you believe it? The last 30 days have flown by in a word sprint-induced daze. I don’t know about you, but I’ve loved every minute of it, even the days when I struggled to write 100 words. There’s something about NaNoWriMo that brings out the inner child in me. Maybe it’s because it feels a bit like a month-long Christmas?
From what I’ve seen during my sprintmeister tenure on @TheSprintShack, there’s a huge range in the word counts people have hit this year. No matter what your final word count though, you should be proud. The only people who lose NaNoWriMo are those who let fear stop them writing a single word. If you wrote something during November, whether it was 10 words, 10,000 words or 100,000 words, you are a NaNoWriMo winner. Why? Because you did something incredible: you created something from nothing. You told the story you had inside you. You wrote more that some people will write in their entire lifetimes.
If your NaNoWriMo word count bar is now a lovely shade of purple, an extremely excitable congratulations and a confetti shower are now being delivered to your house, courtesy of the Sprint Shack team! You wrote a staggering amount of words in a very short space of time and lived to tell the tale (caffeinated zombies are still kind of living… right?). And now that those 50,000 little beauties are written, you can put your feet up, have a celebratory cup of tea (or maybe not—there’s probably more caffeine in your system than blood now), and relax (you know, that thing you do when you aren’t working or writing. Bit of a foreign concept now).
You know what else official NaNoWriMo winners get? Winners goodies. (Squeal!) Though the prizes from the sponsors aren’t available until December 5th, there are plenty of spoils for you to claim before then. There’s the winner’s certificate, which you can frame and hang proudly on your wall. There are some wordelicious badges to plaster across the virtual world and writerific shirts to show the real world how awesome you are. Once the sponsor’s goodies are released, you’ll be able to buy Scrivener and Storyist at half the usual price, get two free paperback copies of your story from CreateSpace, have the opportunity to win a whopping $2,000 from Wattpad, and many more fantastical and magical things! You lucky thing, you.
Even if you didn’t quite make it to 50k, there are some wonderful goodies for you to claim too! You can get 20% off your Scrivener purchase or 25% off Storyist, as well as several other discounts from sponsors. You can proudly display your NaNoWriMo participant badges on the web. And, most importantly, you have the knowledge that you wrote more than you would otherwise have done this month. Call me a big softy, but I think that’s the best prize of all.
So, now that NaNoWriMo is over, what do you do with yourself? You can start by taking a well-earned break. Tell your friends and family about your dragon’s hoard full of words and let them know that they can safely interact with you now. While you’re at it, you should probably tidy up some of the mess you let accumulate around you over the month. All those unwashed dishes and mugs. The pile of unopened mail that’s barricading the front door. The mountain of washing that now resembles a bull elephant (anyone else made a washing topiary? Just me?). You know, little stuff like that. Oh, and let’s not forget that much deserved night in with your family and friends, a good film and a glass of your favourite drink. Go on; you deserve it.
If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration for the writing life post-NaNoWriMo, keep an eye out for our posts in December and January. We’ll help you get back into the writing groove, don’t you worry. Already, we have tips to keep your writing momentum going in Life After NaNoWriMo and ways to put the writing lessons NaNoWriMo taught you to good use.
If word sprints are your thing and you’re worried about losing your sprinting buddies after NaNoWriMo, never fear! @TheSprintShack hosts word sprints and writing challenges all year round.
Well, I guess that’s it for NaNoWriMo until next year. From everyone here at the Sprint Shack, thank you for making NaNoWriMo 2013 one to remember! It was fantastic, you were fantastic, and we’re never going to forget it.
So… anyone making plans for NaNoWriMo 2014 yet?
Team Sprint Shack’s final word counts: