So if you’re like me (or Shelby), you did not finish NaNoWriMo this year. Maybe life got in the way. Maybe your story sucked — mine sure did. Whatever the multitude of possible reasons for not finishing this year, congratulate yourself just for participating. Give yourself a pat on the back, or find a friend and have them do it. They might look at you a little weird, but you deserve it!
You may be wondering what to do with that unfinished story. The obvious answer is to finish it, of course. You might be saying, “But Heather, it was awful. The writing was terrible, the plot was boring, and my own characters irritated me!” To that, I say join the club! Then, figure out what it was about your story that you liked, keep those parts, and ditch the rest. There’s no time limit now, so you can really put quality work into it. Or, if you’re like me and had abandoned what you were already working on to do NaNoWriMo, put your story on the back burner for a while. Write the one you’re excited about right now!
Camp NaNoWriMo is in April, and there’s another in June, if you like having a community of writers supporting you, but there’s really no need to wait that long! On the third Wednesday of every month from 4:30 to 5:30, join the meeting of the Teen Writing Group for anyone in grades 6-12. We talk about what we’re working on, we have writing exercises, and we even play storytelling games!