This post is going to be short, since I’m saving my “words” for NaNoWriMo. I debated whether or not to join this year since I’m in the middle of a novel right now and not at the beginning. But a friend convinced me it wasn’t cheating as long as the word count was legitimate. So I signed up this morning, a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short.
I did NaNo in 2009 and completed a book. But it needed a LOT of editing when I was done! Hopefully, I can finish this year with something a little smoother since I’ll be working with a strict outline. The prose may need some help when I’m through, but that’s what December is for. 🙂
So this November, I’ll be completing the remainder of my novella, The Black Cats, and starting the first half of another novella, The Raven of Callowhill (working title). In honor of this, I give you the top ten benefits of doing NaNo:
1. After a month of serving your family ramen noodles for dinner, they’ll be begging for your burnt pot roast.
2. You’ll finally have an excuse for not cleaning the house.
3. You’ll get your daily quota of caffeine. It’s a vitamin, right?
4.”Thanksgiving? You mean, I was supposed to cook?”
5. You can’t possibly go to the gym this month…you’ll miss your word count.
6. All those “fun” outfits you’ve been saving (avoiding)? The zany skirt with kittens on it? The top that makes you look like Marilyn Monroe’s trailer trash cousin? You’ll get to wear them now that you’re not doing laundry.
7. You’ll find out if the hermit lifestyle is really your thing.
8. Other writers will think you’re crazy, I mean, awesome.
9. You’ll build a nifty collection of pizza delivery boxes.
10. You’ll HAVE A BOOK, people. A book.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get back to writing. I just gave away 350 words of my 1,600 per day, and I’m behind. Plus, the pizza delivery guy is at the door.