NaNoWriMo 2015 is over! And like many of my fellow participants, I’m suffering a post-wrimo hangover, complete with headache, bloodshot eyes, and fatigue. Like Sadness in the movie Inside Out, I just feel so deflated, like I could lay around for days. I’m concerned these symptoms are getting between me and continued progress on my current project.
With a regular hangover, the cure is a piece of toast and a couple of egg yolks, but how does one recover from a writing hangover?
- Take a break. Seriously you’ve earned it. But not a long one. Maybe a few days or a week tops. Don’t want to fall out of shape or lose your new routine.
- Step away from the draft. Trust me. It’s garbage, and you’re too vulnerable right now to cope with that. Maybe you should resume work on another project until you’re ready to face the facts.
- Get extra sleep. This is especially important for those sleep deprived individuals who have been pulling all-nighters. Catch up on your Zzzs.
- Do something other than writing. That’s all you’ve been doing for the last month. Watch some TV instead. Or better yet, read a book!
- Work in a workout. A little physical activity is good for you after sitting at a computer chair for an entire month. Go for a walk, ride a bike, or do some yoga, anything to get the circulation back to your legs.
- Celebrate. Even if you didn’t win. Go out with friends or treat yourself to a coffee from Starbucks for your efforts. You’ll feel better for it.
- Vent. Even if you won. Writing 50k words in one month is hard work and I’m sure it has taken its toll. So, share your struggles, setbacks, and frustrations with friends and writing buddies. Undoubtedly, they share your sentiments.
- Cuddle your kitty (or puppy). No doubt during NaNoWriMo they were your loudest cheerleader … or worst distraction for those of us who have cats. Now that November is over, they’re available to offer you some much needed therapy.
- Drink. Alcohol makes all your worries disappear … along with your memory.
- Go shopping. Ever heard of shop therapy?
Well, that’s all I’ve got. If you have other ideas, please share them in the comments section below. Happy Hump Day!