|There's more to it than writing... Image: Roco Julie on Flickr|
- You don't alienate your friends and family because you still have a life--living life is necessary to being a writer.
- You take time to learn about the kind of novel you are writing and apply what you learn to your novel.
- You get to think about people and events in your novel, allowing you to work through issues within the novel. Writing takes some contemplation and understanding mixed in the writing blasts.
- You are taking time to deconstruct another book to use in help putting yours together, rather than using beat sheets that are intended for film--a very different form from novels... and even the film industry is getting bored with films that follow beat sheets because they feel too similar.
- You're not burning through 1667 words a day that you will end up just throwing out. Sure you'll write some crap, but because you are taking time to consider the novel more along the way, you will have more to work with and you'll begin your revision with a better concept of the structure, even if you have fewer words at the end of the process.
- You don't burn out from all the writing and end up taking the next year off from writing.