I have a friend named Jan who is a talented writer and an absolute slave to her muse. Now I do not mean this in a negative way, it is what it is. When she feels inspired she writes, and writes, and writes until the inspiration has let her loose. In many ways I envy the way she gets pushed around by her muse, forced to put the words to screen, and creates incredibly imaginative fiction. On the other hand, the limited amount of time I have for writing has forced me to learn how to write in short spurts, so if I were driven the way Jan is I would be in bad shape. Picture me sitting at work, twitching, maybe drooling a little, while my muse breaks out the cat-o'-nine-tails and flogs the bajeebers out of me. Continue reading
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I'll be damned if I do. I'm so far behind on my writing and my editing. NaNoWriMo
is looming close and I feel like I can't stitch two coherent thoughts together. For that matter I seem to have trouble coming up with one coherent thought. I spent some time tonight wotrking on my Inspiration Monday piece and it's coming along well, but I feel hollow. I'm enjoying the writing, but I feel like I should be editing instead. I'm so tired and I feel spread thin...I love the line from the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
(I honestly can't remember if the same line was used in the book), where Bilbo
says he feels like he's spead thin, like too little butter spread over toast (okay, not sure if the quote is exact. I'm tired. Kiss my ass.). I feel that way more and more as of late. Soccer season is weeks away from being finished, but it will be replaced by Cub Scouts
. Thankfully that will only be one night a week instead of four. At any rate, I must turn off the new Mastadon album, which kicks a lot off ass I must say, and head to bed. See you all later.
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- Using NaNoWriMo Lessons - Editing by Chunks (jenswritingdesk.com)
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It occurred to me today that it is October. While this by itself is nothing all that special, I realized that November is less than a month away and a severe hit of anxiety pumled me about the head. why anxiety? Well as any self respecting, self loathing, self abusing...okay...any writer, might tell you, November is National Novel Writing Month
. That's right: NaNoWriMo
Last year's NaNoWriMo is what got sme started on my writing again. I flailed about inefectually for a few weeks, okay months, and never did finish my NaNoWriMo novel. I swore that next year would be different.
So far this year is not looking all that promising either. I have a bit more of a heads up this time, but I still have nothing prepared for it. No outline, no characters, nothing. I haven't even started brainstorming an idea. I want to go from fresh and hit that 50,000 word mark by the end of November.
So, instead of focusing my energies on the project preparation I am blogging here. Are you planning on participating? Will you be my NaNoWriMo friend? What do you do for preparation? Are you ready to start writing? Have you already started (you cheater you!)?