The single most important take-away of 2014 for me: If you want to have your stories published, you must keep submitting them.
I collected an impressive amount of rejections last year. But I had six stories published, with a few more that made long and short lists before they were rejected. I am still awaiting a response on six others.
Rejection stings. The more I'm exposing myself to it, however, the milder the sting becomes. I doubt I'll ever grow immune to it. But after all the submissions I sent out in 2014, I know receiving a rejection is not the end of the world, either.
Now, if you'll excuse me. I have a story to edit so I can submit it to a short story competition.
Five days is not much. But if you get serious about prepping for NaNoWriMo now, you can give yourself a rough roadmap that'll help you make it through November and write 50k words.
I suggest the following five tasks. Answer the first four in as much detail as you can Ė it will make the final task easier:
1. Define the MC's status quo.
2. What does the MC want most?
3. What does the MC fear most?
4. How could things go wrong?
5. Write a 100-word summary of your story.