So… NaNoWriMo is drawing to an end and you’ve got your first draft down. You’re not very happy with it – that’s normal! A first draft is the first for a reason…
What do you do next? How do you set that first draft rolling down the road to a successful final draft and, eventually, finished work? Here are our post NaNoWriMo tips to help it on its way.
Once you’ve got to the final draft stage, for the love of all that is holy please use a professional copy-editor. I’m not just saying that because it’s a service we provide. I genuinely believe that never yet has an author been born who can successfully copy-edit their own book. It’s like trying to cut your own hair – it might be a little nerve-wracking when someone else does it, but choose the right professional and it’ll look a lot better afterwards! You don’t want your book to have the equivalent of scruffy tufts.
I hope you’ve found this advice useful and had a successful NaNoWriMo. I also recommend Darcy Pattinson’s ‘After the First Draft’ revision notes which go into a lot more detail about some of the points mentioned above.
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