. . . Now What?
Well, I made word count, and I got this terrific Winner's sticker to boast with--one of the advantages of setting a low word count goal.
And I learned something about my writing self: I will make word count, but I will do only what is necessary to get there.
If my goal is low, I will shuffle my feet and pace myself to just get there, taking time off, resting on the laurels of high word count days, and generally only aiming at the oh-so-close goal. The take-home lesson is, set the goal higher, stretch a little, maybe seek out that sweet spot that is attainable with some push. Not so much to wake me up at night, but enough to get me working every day.
So what is next? What does one do post-NaNoWriMo? For now I have a short time of relief, a time to breathe and feel the freedom of not having the obligation, self-inflicted as it was. But I'm also feeling slightly adrift. One of my first thoughts this morning was "When is the next Camp? When can I sign up?"
Until then, I'll be sitting by the dying embers of my campfire, whittling a useless whimmy-diddle, thinking maybe I am my own camp, and word count goals should draw me to my writing daily. I'm going to up the ante. I don't know how much yet, and I'm nervous about setting it down in writing and being accountable to it (!). But here I go.
I've got a new WIP!