November is still a bit hazy to me. The pounding headache has left but the vertigo is sticking around for a while, it seems. I feel all the time I was using writing. It feels like a vacuum in my life has been shut off and now there is air again. My body wakes up at 5am. Consistently since Dec. 1st. For absolutely no reason. The NaNo site cleverly used a title similar to the one above in their email they sent out Monday. I refuse to change mine out of principle, since I wrote most of this Sunday night, and I had it first. :D
If you did not participate in NaNo, but you know and/or love someone who did, you should be pleased to see work responsibilities, household chores, and personal hygiene rise back up to their former somewhat prioritized positions this week. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.
If you did participate in NaNo this year, I hope you have done at least three things:
1. Congratulate yourself for your perseverance. Do a happy dance! Get yourself something nice! Eat an entire plate of onion rings without sharing!
2. Sleep. And catch back up on all those other things you were supposed to be doing.
3. Tell everyone "Thank You." This one is probably the most important, because without the support and love of the people around you, NaNo could have been so much more difficult.
That leaves it for the responsibilities. Now for suggestions:
4. Read back over and evaluate what you have written. You don't have to do it now, I'm waiting until January to look at mine. But do read back over what you produced. Mark the holes, marvel at the wonders you produced, and...
5. Finish the story, if what you produced in November didn't get to "The End". Even if you don't plan on letting anyone read it, if you finish the story you will feel closure for that project. By disciplining yourself and creating an ending that makes sense with the first part of your story, you will be perfecting your craft one sentence at a time. Every bit of writing you do is practice, and that helps you become a better writer.
6. As cliche as it sounds, think about what you learned this month, and consider how to use those lessons.
So here is my list of NaNo hangover remedies, filled out for me:
1. 50,005 words!