One more day until I can begin writing A Borrowed Life. (Which I'm wondering if it should be called "Last Life")
There is a NaNoWriMo subreddit, and someone posted this question the other day: "Why not just cheat?"
I guess I could.
I could just sit here and not write anything at all, but tell everyone about the book and its 50,000 words.
I could start writing now, or last week, or even six months ago. I could be editing the book during NaNo, and enjoy the congratulations upon winning.
But I'm just not wired that way.
There is nothing to gain by cheating when the only competition is myself. Me winning NaNo doesn't mean someone else loses. If I don't complete 50,000 words, that won't mean that someone else won, it doesn't mean I'm a terrible person, or a failure.
This is a challenge, much like exercising. Why would you tell people you're running a few miles every day if you aren't? The lie doesn't benefit anyone, the cheat doesn't matter.
I want to win, and enjoy the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes with winning cleanly. So I will be sticking to the rules. No actual writing of the novel until November 1st.
I'm so glad that outlining is okay! Because I've done that to death! Just some trivia: The outline I've written is around 10,000 words long itself! But NO! It doesn't count!
Wish me luck as I embark on this challenge. It's as frightening as it is exhilarating!
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