What to do after you finish your Nanowrimo novel?

WROTE A NOVEL FOR NANOWRIMO, NOW WHAT?

Now that we finished the Nanowrimo challenge, the most common question is ‘Now what?’ It’s a fair question to ask and one we only have some pat answers for–edit, rewrite, etc. but inevitably the question remains after that, ‘what are you going to do next?’  Here’s the honest answer, we have something that feels ‘novel-ish‘, we have developed characters that we love, but our protagonist may be a little one dimensional, it’s only 50k words, not quite novel numbers, but not too far from it. Our plot is weak, if you can even actually even call it a plot but there are such tiny, shiny gems that are sparkling brightly throughout, that we feel it’s worth moving forward. Our intention originally was to make it a creative exercise now it’s to see it into an actual edited, finished, cohesive piece that we can actually share with others. Now what?  I am thinking we may need to get help from a professional. I wasn’t sure if they had professionals that will help shape the amoeba like thing that is our Nanorwrimo ‘novel’ into an actual one. I did a little research and thought I would share some of the results in case you too are sitting there with a finished 50k of words (or more), that may have a spark of something, but without advice may just forever live on your hard drive.

//A BOOK COACH//

Hmmm? Interesting…  Michelle and I don’t have a budget to hire one, but the idea of one is very intriguing and up until yesterday I didn’t even know they existed.  Here’s a few I found some with proven track records!

Jennie Nash-She gives workshops as well! Here’s her success story page. Great interview here.

Ginger Moran

Steve Adams

Sandra Byrd

Here’s a directory of Book Coaches and Ghostwriters

//BOOK EDITING SERVICES//

Again, another service I had no idea existed, but I think would be invaluable before you sent your manuscript off to an agent or publisher (or wherever you send it, another thing I have no idea about!)

Lori DeBoer Lori offers coaching but also Developmental editing and Manuscript Evaluation

Manuscript Critique

Edit my novel

Mill City Press

We know a few of you have participated (and won Nanowrimo!) any tips for editing and turning the first draft into something that feels more like a true work

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

HOPE….

Hope quote by Desmond Tutu voa Besotted Blog

I never understood the saying ‘hope floats’ (and um, I never bothered to look it up), but Michelle and I have been discussing how the heart/soul is buoyant and it wasn’t until the Paris events that I finally understood what it truly means. I think ‘hope’ like ‘wishes’ get a bad rap, but I do believe society needs both. This quote really drove it home. There will always be bad in the world, that is a given, but there will also be good, such goodness that we sometimes will take it all for granted not thinking twice. Taking for granted how good we have it, that is not a terrible thing, it’s a beautiful thing to have so many splendid, deliriously wonderful, dare I say magical things in our life that we don’t even notice them. We have an abundance of good and we have hope, don’t let anyone ever steal that from you. Our hearts go out to everyone that has been affected, we wish we could take away the pain, the events, go back and stop time, we can’t of course, but we can maintain hope and we can hold our loved ones tighter and maybe take a few more moments each day to savor how much good there is in the world.

P.S. We collected some resources to get some good news. Far from being cheesy, I read many stories that had me in tears of happiness, I hope you feel the same way!

#porteouverte

random acts of kindness

Daily Good

Good News Network

 

Modern office on a budget

OFFICE CHAIR UPGRADE via BESOTTED BLOG

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I appreciate the serenity and simplicity of minimal living and our home is pared down to be  sure, but I think I’m far too sentimental to be a true minimalist. My great-grandmother’s dining set (she had excellent taste) that needs refinishing, the daybed that I sketched on a napkin and asked my grandfather to make for me when I turned 15 (my 1st design project!), mean more to me than brand new sleek and sexy furniture ever could. However, there’s a time when sentimentality has to fall by the wayside and the need to upgrade cannot be ignored – like when sitting at the computer in one of great grandma’s dining room chairs with a bed pillow stacked on the seat, results in the worst back and neck pain since bruising my tailbone on a ski trip (because when I ski, I spend a lot of time on my rear – or well.. generally splayed out in the snow in some fashion). It was abundantly clear I needed to find some comfortable, good looking (preferably white), easily assembled, not too pricey, real deal office desk chairs ASAP.

After an extensive search (online that is), I came up with some pretty handsome finalists that I thought I’d share in case your back and neck have had it with your current desk chair as well. The winning chairs have been tested for a couple of weeks now, and I can honestly say that our backs/necks/rears couldn’t be happier!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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AGE OF GRACE | Eva Zeisel

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I have my file which is called To Do. I have my plans. I have my clients. I am doing my work like I always did. 

Eva Zeisel during her Ted Talk at the age of 94.

Age is a funny little number. I’ve met people in their 20’s who are already set in their ways, and people in their 80’s who belly laugh every single day. I’m a firm believer that it’s important to find people who are vibrant and happily productive in their later years to look to as beacons of hope that our own later years aren’t predestined to be spent watching game shows and eating soup.

Eva Zeisel worked well into her final 105th year. She began as a potter’s apprentice at the age of 18, and built one of the most impressive industrial design careers of the modern era. She was endlessly inspired by beauty and playful creative discovery, and I can’t imagine a better way to claim your vitality and remain ageless, than by dreaming up and creating beauty to share with others. Eva’s most iconic and recognizable works are her pottery and ceramic designs, but she continually explored new design mediums – even more so as she grew older.

In the spirit of it’s never too late, I thought it would be fun to show you a small sampling of Eva’s projects in her 90’s and 100’s – I find her incredibly inspiring and hope you do too!

94 yrs old: gives Ted Talk on the Playful Search for Beauty

96 yrs old : designs pens & desk accessories for Acme Studios

102 yrs old: designs hand blown glass vases for Gumps

102 yrs old : began a collaboration to design rugs for The Rug Company

104 yrs old: Creates silkscreens in collaboration with KleinReid

 

*Dinnerware set above available at DWR.

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Besotted with Maybelle Luxe Lettering Kit Giveaway

What a week! All my week’s feel like whirlwinds, maybe that’s part and parcel of having a toddler, or getting older (or drinking too much cold brew), but whatever the reason I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Since I work for myself I don’t get a traditional weekend, so Friday’s don’t feel much like Friday’s anymore, but I do remember savoring that feeling of closing time when I was working at an office (actually it was their storage closest) but still. With that lovely feeling in mind of it being time to head out for the weekend I will leave you a few things that are happening around here, happy weekend!

You still have time to enter Maybelle’s exquisite giveaway, remember to leave your comment here and make sure you regram or pin the images with the hashtag #lovemaybelle. We have been loving all your quotes, we are duly moved and inspired.

I have mentioned Maskcara before, I adore her, but this makeover was just outstanding!

I am a huge fan of the artist Carson Ellis, her collaborative project with her husband, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists ) the book series ‘The Wildwood Chronicles’ is wildly imaginative and would not be the same without her illustrative genius. I am really relishing each chapter. This is a fun interview with Carson, if you interested in probing further and seeing more of her fine work.

Speaking of beautiful illustrations, my daughter is currently on a huge mermaid kick thanks to a stunningly beautiful double page mermaid spread in Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin. E. won’t even let me finish the story anymore and wants to cut straight to the mermaids, I love reading to her so I was in search of book with a mermaid focus and found The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G.Campbell, the story is sweet and original and the illustrations are equally as gorgeous.

Michelle and I recently figured out something close to magic in Photoshop, a new (and easier) way to do a task for the next Foto Rx set we are creating. I love the thrill of discovery and being able to experiment with our new found skills! Speaking of that wonderful program Photoshop we will be having some simple + easy Photoshop tutorials up on the site next week!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

photo by michelle p.