NaNoWriMo Exit Strategy – Relax, Reflect, Restart

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany of you this past month NaNoWriMoed your way to a finished novel or to an amazing goal. Now all you want to do is crash. Believe me, I can relate.

What about all that momentum you have pushed from this month? 

What do you do now that NaNoWriMo is over?

Right now it would be so simple to just sit back and soak in your greatness, but that could slide right into next year without any more accomplished. It could make all of your NaNoWork melodramatic in that you could have spread the same amount over three months because you get nothing else done in the last two.

I dare say at the end of it, you would be greatly disappointed. So, here are my thoughts for maintaining the momentum in a sane way.

NaNoWriMo Exit Strategy


There is no doubt that you will need a few days off. You are not a word spitting machine. Take time to relax and refuel. A few days at the most a week. Take the time to spend with family and doing things that rejuvenate your mind.


Take a day or two to look at all you have accomplished this past month. What new things did you discover about yourself? If you wrote 2,000 words a day for the first time ever, ask yourself how difficult that was for you. Are your past goals challenging enough. 

Could you maintain a more disciplined approach to your writing time? Could you write more each day than you did before NaNoWriMo?


Set new goals for yourself that stretch you a bit more than your preNaNoWriMo goals. Implement any new things you’ve learned about time management and your best writing moments. Don’t wait long to get started on editing your work. Keep the momentum on your side of the equation. By a week from now, you should be starting on your new goals.

Tell us about your NaNoWriMo or last month’s goal experience.


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Exit Strategy – Relax, Reflect, Restart

  1. Congrats to everyone who did NaNo!! November just isn’t a month I can commit to writing 50K but I greatly admire those who did!!!

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    Congratulations on all of your hard work this month!

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