Friday, November 4, 2011
The Lifecycle of a Book
1) A bright, shiny idea pops into your head. Suddenly your world feels like rainbows and unicorns.
2) With a goofy smile plastered on your face, you start tapping out the first chapter on your laptop.
3) Then the second. You're prose is incredible! Your fingers are one with your keyboard. You're a writing genius!
4) You begin to stock up on chocolate and potato chips at the grocery store.
5) All of a sudden, your bright, shiny has morphed into 10 chapters!
6) You reach for more chocolate.
7) And potato chips.
8) And more chocolate.
9) Wait. You forgot coffee?!
10) You reach the muddled middle and then realize you're pouring an extra glass of wine each night.
11) Suddenly your fascinated by Twitter and Facebook. You google old boyfriends and neighbors.
12) Back to the store you go for more chocolate, potato chips, and celery sticks, just to balance out the guilt. You hope nobody sees you because you forgot to comb your hair.
13) On chapter 12, you're starting to wonder why you started writing this damn book anyway.
14) You begin to snap at anyone who dares get within five feet of you.
15) You forget to call your friends, your mom, the lady who cuts and highlights your hair. You forget to sleep.
16) You slog out another chapter.
17) Then another.
18) All of a sudden, a light burns bright at the end of your tunnel. For a heartbeat, you see those rainbows and unicorns again. Where have they been?!
19) You're in love with your bright, shiny idea again! You let yourself wonder if it'll be a bestseller!!
20) The End is definitely in sight.
21) You hug your laptop while your family considers fitting you for a strait jacket.
22) You type your final words into your laptop like you have only one more hour to live.
23) 1000 words.
24) 500 (reasonably good) words.
25) Breathless, you type "The End." You did it! You've got your first draft.
26) Now the real fun begins...
Good luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo! May we always love bright, shiny ideas.