Did I once promise to do a post every few days, or a few days a week, or did I lie and have no intention of doing that? I don’t know. Today there should be a post, if only because it’s been a few days since the last one, but it’s still NaNo and I’m so close, so, so close.
Why do NaNo?
There are benefits beyond the simplest desire to get into the habit of writing every day – and for a purpose.
The biggest one for me is to be able to let my hair down and the muse out and just blot the words out there without any form of constraint. I have notes, sometimes, a rough plan. I always have character motivations, even if not much more.
And most of the time the plans and stuff just fly out the window. Not suicidal, they just leap out at the understanding of the word defenestration – lovely word, leave it in until the end. The playing must go on for the whole month. Words flow, sometimes with purpose and meaning, sometimes with luck and coffee, and occasionally with abandon.
Another benefit of winning NaNo is the ‘offers’ that come with it. A big discount on Scrivener (love Scrivener), and free paperback setup at IngramSparks are the big ones for me. Writers don’t earn much (average Australian author earnings less than 6k. Not kidding), so every discount and freebie is worth the effort to chase.
And now I go back to it,
but know this – I will see you on the other side, with the third rewrite of the thriller. The best one yet. This one will … okay, I’ll leave it there.
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