10 best reasons to enter the #NaNoWriMo2014 #bestfirstparagraph contest on Google+

Editor's Note: For those of you who don't know what #NaNoWriMo is, it is the quest to write an entire novel (50,000 words or more) during the month of November. As to why anyone would want to do this, I have no idea, but I suspect deep seated pathology is at play. Having said that, the editorial staff at PeterHogenkampWrites feels like this type of Herculean effort needs to be celebrated, and we have decided to sponsor, along with our friends at Prose&Cons and the Fiction Writers Anonymous community on Google+, a #bestfirstparagraph contest for #NaNoWriMo2014 participants. Click on the link to Fiction Writers Anonymous for contest specs. Contest begins now (12/1/14 and runs through December 31, 2014.

So, now that you know what we are talking about, here are the top 10 reasons to enter the #bestfirstparagraph contest:

10)  You spent the last 30 days ignoring your family, your work, and even your personal hygiene, why not ignore them all for 30 more seconds and enter the contest. (Then shower immediately.)

9)   Who knows, it might be the very first step of your career as a full-time novelist. Failing that, at least one paragraph of your work will be read by someone other than your mother. 

8)   JK Rowling got rejected by 12 publishing houses before getting a publishing contract; surely that means you should enter the contest.

7)   You wrote 50,000 words--at least half of which weren't misspelled--you owe it to yourself to see the first paragraph in print.  

6)   Finishing #NaNoWriMo is a tremendous accomplishment; don't let the next Great American novel gather dust on the shelf: Enter the contest. (Come on, we need something to judge.)

5)   It's only a paragraph. Post the damn thing already.

4)   The grand prize is a gallon of pure #Vemont Maple Syrup. How else would you be able to get something as sweet as that--unless of course you live near a grocery store.

3)   If you are committed to being published, you are going to get hundreds of rejections along the road--Why not start now?

2)   All twelve semi-finalists will get--in addition to national exposure on the Prose&Cons blog--a signed copy of Hermione's professional headshot:
(Ok, so she's not that happy about doing it.)

1)   Finishing #NaNoWriMO is an amazing accomplishment! Now sign up for the contest.

I'll end by offering my sincere congratulations to thousands of #WriMos who made the goal: Job well done. Best of luck with your future writing endeavors. (And enter the #bestfirstparagraph contest). 



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