Fools Rush In… to NaNoWriMo… GO FOOLS!

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread”

– I have always held that line to my heart, through all my weary years – up to 52.9 (where I now stand).  I capture it here for you now because –  I’m seriously considering the upcoming NaNoWriMo.  Yes…nano-wrimo-logo

NaNoWriMo…    Years ago when I was writing songs (which I still do) I took up a similar challenge in the February Album Writing Month (FAWM).  It was a wonderful exercise, attempting to write 14 songs in 28 days.  As I recall, I did quite well at the beginning of the month, but then I let all manner of excuses derail me.  I won’t bore you with the details – all atrocities that came along to derail me.  As a kindred spirit of writing, you well know the fragility of motivation during a self-imposed state of constant uncertainty.  GAAAHH!!!

You may be pleased to know that, I failed  I did not write 14 songs…  BUT YET!  I also succeeded…

I ended up writing more songs in a shorter period of time than ever before.  I also ended up venturing down conceptual roads that I never would have continued pursuing had it not been for… Duh Duh DUUUUH!   THE LOOMING DEADLINE!!

So now I find myself lured; yes, sirens upon the wind doth call, and I am obliged to answer…  *cough, gag*  — anyway –

I find myself developing a short story concept which I started 1.5 years ago.  I abandoned it to the mists, assuming it was no good.  BUT- Now that I have resurrected it for possible use as fodder for NaNoWriMo, well…  let’s just say, my feet are back in the starting blocks!

As the Chairman Of The Board once sang – “If I can – Fail it here, I’ll fail it – Anywhere…!”  What?  That’s not how it goes??  Well – we’ll see soon my pretty, we’ll see   … AND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOO!    ~TH~

Write On And On And On

Paper.  Pen.  Idea.

We’ve all done it, thrown ourselves full throttle into a new interest, hobby or business venture.  Many folks even dive in financially, buying up all the fancy and “necessary” tools of the trade before the work has begun.  Then, 30 days later, poof.  The muse has exited, the shine is off, and we’re left with only a mirror reminding us that we failed.  What a dreadful way to treat ourselves!

Homemade Cat Toy

Homemade Cat Toy

One of the reasons that I refuse to stop writing (aside from the fact that I adore the process) is that the tools are always at my disposal.  Paper.  Pen.  Idea.  From there you can move into critiquing, editing, proofreading, heck even crumpling it up into a fun cat toy and tossing it in the trash when puss is through playing with it.

I suppose the roughest part of being a writer is the fact that you have to be somewhat introspective.  It’s a difficult thing to look at yourself objectively and then expect to grow something original out of those observations.  Yet many wonderful authors will tell you that those very insecurities may propel you into your next story!  We can rely on the fact that every person on the planet has insecurities, which means that you really do have a relatable story to tell.

Stein On WritingStop beating yourself up.  There are some great blogs and websites to help you push that stone up the mountain.  There are wonderful prompts and writing exercises to help you prime the creative pump.  Write a poem even though you’re not a poet.  Journal.  Go to the library and check out this wonderful book.

And if you really have to, go buy yourself a new pen and some new paper.  Then drain that ink and fill those pages!  ~TH~