All over the world writers are celebrating the end of National Novel Writing Month 2013, aka NaNoWriMo.

Well, maybe celebrating is not quite the right word. Some of us, certainly, are feeling jubilant that it’s over. Those who met the 50,000 word goal are doing a victory dance, for sure. Others of us, those who didn’t “win” (including yours truly, with 27, 000 words written), are feeling glad to have participated but perhaps a little consternated by their word count coming up short.

No matter where you fall on this continuum, take this short multiple choice quiz to figure out what to do next now that NaNoWriMo is over.

It’s December 3rd and you’ve got a big chunk of a novel (if not a full draft of a novel…go, you!) saved on your hard drive. (By the way, we really hope you’re also saving another copy somewhere. Check out these horror stories if you need a reminder about the importance of backing up your work!)

The very next thing you do is:

  1. Read. It’s pretty difficult squeezing in a good book while writing 1667 words a day. You’re about to go on a full-on book binge in your favorite genres.
  2. Write. You might have 10K words. You might have 100K words. All you know is you’ve gotten into a writing routine like never before, and you’re going to keep it up while you can.
  3. Get feedback. All throughout NaNoWriMo you were dying to ask fellow writers what was working in your book and what wasn’t. Now that you’ve got some serious prose to work with, you’re dying to show it off.
  4. Revise. The whole “no-editing during NaNoWriMo” thing? That was driving you nuts. Now that you’re officially off the clock, you’re itching to go back through and replot, reword, rewrite.

Which of these should you do? The answer is, of course, all of the above.

One online space where you can do all four options above is on Book Country, the online writing and publishing community where I work as the Community and Engagement Manager. Book Country is a proud sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2013 because our missions are so beautifully aligned: NaNoWriMo emboldens writers to write more than they ever thought possible, and Book Country is the most supportive online writing and publishing community on the web, helping writers in over sixty literary categories to write their best books. Book country is the perfect next step for the post-NaNoWriMo writer: there you can read books written by other writers in your genre, you can post chapters of your Nano WIP as you write, you can get feedback on your work via our peer review feedback system, and you can use that feedback to revise your book, preparing it for traditional publishing queries or for self-publishing.  As a Book Country member you can connect with writers from around the world for year-round support, and use our discussion boards and blog to learn more about the craft of writing and the business of publishing.

Curious about how to get involved on book country? Join here and send me an email: Lucy at bookcountry dot com. I’ll show you around.

Let’s celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo together!

Lucy Silag is the Community and Engagement Manager for Book Country, Penguin’s online writing and publishing community.

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