A View From The Trenches
A very long time ago–well at least a few years now–I stumbled across what seemed like a rather cool idea and I signed up for it. Each day Monday through Friday, I receive email “affirmations” from “The Universe”…which is really this guy/guru type out of Orlando but hey…every once in awhile, I glean a pearl of wisdom. And one should never consciously piss off the Universe, right? Right!
Well, this little gem dropped into my in-box yesterday:
Starting something, Silver, is the best way to finish something.
And just doing a teeny, tiny something, today, anything, from wherever you are, is the best way to start something.
Today, Silver. Make a call, ask a question, search the web, buy a book, pound the pavement, measure, cut, paste, poke, and of course, give thanks in advance.
It comes at an interesting time in my writing life, especially given the fact NaNoWriMo started yesterday. A rather apropos bit of wisdom, yes?
However, this NaNo, I’m not beginning things so much as finishing them. I have several projects that stalled out due to circumstances and on account of because. My current project is out on submission and following the age-old wisdom of writing pundits everywhere, I’m starting the next big thing—or finishing a few “big things,” as the case may be. It’s always a good idea to have something in reserve and at the moment, I don’t really have anything I could honestly say was ready, should the question arise. As I’m actively looking for an agent, this is a question I want to be able to answer with a completed manuscript and a synopsis ready to go.
So, today’s blog is short and a bit discombobulated as I contemplate the meaning of my writing life. Beginnings. Middles. Ends. As writers, we fret over the perfect opening line, the first chapter guaranteed to lure readers further into the world we have created, to entice them with our characters, with our plots and settings. We use hooks and props and twists to keep that sometimes vast wasteland in the middle from sagging. We lead the readers merrily toward the climax and the Happy Ever After—or the happy right now, or solving the crime, or just simply The End. But sometimes, getting there is an arduous journey in and of itself.
Sometimes, there’s not enough coffee or chocolate or sheer gumption to get from here to there. The occasional detour life throws our way can become a permanent dead end. But I hate dead ends. Painting myself into a corner just doesn’t sit well. So this NaNo, I’m going to listen to the Universe. I’m going to finish what I started.
Am I the only one who has occasional trouble seeing a project all the way through from start to finish? Why do some books simply flow from the imagination straight to the page while others have to be dragged kicking and screaming? And the biggest question of all, which becomes the better book, ultimately? Which might just be a blog topic for another day. To those of you joining me in the madness of NaNo, I salute you! To those of you with sense, you don’t know the fun you are missing! 😉 How’s your word count going? I had a stellar first day with just over 3,000 words though I suspect I won’t get quite as much done today.