Warning, this is a classic Prudence MacLeod rant.
To cheat or not to cheat, that is the question. My answer is a big fat not. Oh, I wanted to, still do, but I just can’t. What the heck am I talking about? National Novel Writing Month, or whatever it is called.
You see, like a fool, I signed up for this at one of the busiest times I’ve had in years. Ok, 50,000 words in thirty days is tough, but I’ve done 80k+ in less time than that, so I know it is doable. So, how could you cheat? Well, the thing is pretty much run on the honor system, so I could pull a half finished manuscript out of mothballs and finish it off.
Yes, that would be a cheat, but I’m not alone here. I’ve seen several writers on Twitter boasting of how they already have their outline finished, characters sketched out, plot mapped out, and worlds created ready to go. So, I know I’ll catch a lot of flack for this, but it is a cheat. They’ve already got a month’s work done and only have to flesh it out. How is that different from me?
The truth is, I just can’t do it. When I was a powerlifter I had to compete against other lifters who used steroids and other enhancers, but I never did. I slept well at night, and want to continue that process.
So, here’s the challenge to all you plotter and planners out there. The story I was about to finish was called Immortal. You can look it up on the NaNoWriMo site. Tomorrow that will change to something else. I’ll start brainstorming at and whatever I produce, and however much I produce will be done with a clear conscience. I wish all of you good luck, and at the end of November, I will sleep peacefully knowing I did my best and I played fair.