When the Muse Hits, It’s Hard!

I had big dreams and aspirations of picking up the book I “finished” oh so long ago and editing it to perfection this month. November is National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. I’ve only ever successfully completed it once. And that is the book that needs perfected. And I was stoked to do it. Until November 1st came. And then I was staring at a screen full of words and didn’t know where to start. So I just kept staring. For 2 days. Which was really two weeks because I actually started the “edit” in mid-October so I would be ready to go when November got here. Isn’t planning great?

In the midst of watching the fish swim in the tank next to my writing space and staring at the words on the page that need help, I was hit smack in the middle of the forehead with an idea for a book of sorts. Or maybe it’s two books. Sister books? Companion books? Not sure how to “label” them, but I had an idea that I’ve convinced myself is pretty darn stellar and I’ve been working on it. The key to NaNoWriMo is to write 2000 words a day for 30 days and by the end Voila!, you have a book. Plans change and I don’t think this book will actually warrant 50,000 words, but I am going to put forth my best feet, all of them, in the hopes that this turns out to be what it looks like in my head.

I recently read a book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and in it, she says something along the lines of, when the muse hits you, if you don’t listen, she will pack up her great idea and give it to someone else who will take action. I’m paraphrasing, but the gist is the same. So I’m taking the gift of the muse before she takes it away. Now, I’m just hoping for limited roadblocks and plentiful problem solving skills. And a bunch of people who just might want to read / use it.

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