NaNoWriMo and the Road to Hell

The road to hell Phillip Roth QuoteOkay–I admit it. I have a bunch of works in progress, in three different worlds. If, as Phillip Roth has been quoted as saying,  “The road to hell is pave with works-in-progress,” then I am strapped into the handbasket and barreling down the highway toward an extremely hot destination.

But it’s not my fault.

I have to write when the mood strikes and sometime the mood strikes for a different manuscript than the one it struck for only the day before.

Doh.

Alarm clock quote ray bradburyAt times I am faced with the dilemma of NaNoWriMo–28,000 words toward the goal and I can’t think of where I want to take it just yet.

As Ray Bradbury said, “I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” I write what I can when I can, and write the second story in an alternate color, such as green. Fortunately–once I have the ideas down for the other world, a bolt of inspiration strikes me and I am again back on track with the new nano manuscript.

write-henry david thoreau quoteAnd then there is the annoying problem of writing the back story I will never use, but which serves to cement the story in my head as I am creating it. I write that in red. At the end of November, all these things will be easy to cut and sort out by color-code. They are important in the long run–the ideas for the shelved work-in-progress will not be wasted, and the background material for the current work-in-progress is there so that my world and my characters will have substance in my mind when I write them.

ok to write garbage quote c j cherryhThis is my month of writing madly–of dedicating all my time to the craft. My month of chicken-pot-pies and frozen pizza.  This is the month when my daughters do all the work of preparing the upcoming holiday meal and I steal a few brief hours to play with the babies.

And perhaps write a few notes in my notebook as ideas strike me. And the best part is, all this garbage I spew today will have a long journey through the editing process before it hits the pages of an actual book.

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2 responses to “NaNoWriMo and the Road to Hell

  1. There are roads and there are roads.
    Sometimes they diverge in a wood. Sometimes they don’t.
    Sometimes there are only one set of footprints.
    Sometimes the footprints are followed by larger, reptilian footprints.
    Then the footprints stop. The road goes on.
    We are all median strips and interchanges, cloverleafs at best, twelve car pile-ups at worst.
    Time travel sucks. Actually, gravity sucks, but we already had a movie about that–and another movie about gravity equaling love.
    But there will always be bunnies–magical bunnies–along the road!

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