National Novel Writing Month approaches, and while I’ll be participating I’m not really looking forward to it. I want to do it, and will do it, but I am completely and utterly dry in terms of creativity. It’s always easier to react to other thoughts than have ones of your own, completely sui generis; hence the recent spate of reviews.
For NNWO06, I’ve got a paragraph, a vague notion and not much else.
Of course, I started out with a lot less than that last year, and I managed to run the course. But that might have been the secret, then; it’s easier to jump off the high dive if you simply decide in one moment, climb in the next, and jump in the third. Any moment taken to pause and reflect will reveal the foolhardiness of the endeavor at hand, and the doubts are allowed to creep in. It’s awfully high up there. Maybe I should work my way up to something like that. Maybe I should stay in the wading pool. The spirit of the endeavor may be lost.
I wrote my initial paragraph some months ago, so its moment may have long past. Still, it’s what I’ve got and we’ll see where that goes. It will be interesting to see if I can write something that isn’t simply made up of whole cloth in the third moment–something that might have the value that a fourth or fifth moment may bring to it.
The first moment comes on November 1st.