Some NaNo inspiration for you

“If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.”  — John Steinbeck.

I stumbled across this today and thought I’d share. It’s funny how different we all are but still share that strong bond in loving what we’re doing.

Check this out John Steinbeck: Advice for Beginning Writers.

6 thoughts on “Some NaNo inspiration for you

  • What a profound expression of the struggles of a writer. How many unused drafts and miserable failures sit in the dead files of the best-known authors? I imagine more than average person understands.

    Fortunately for me, I know all my drafts are yet failures and I continue to work them, rework them, kick them, and punch them until they finally start to get into shape.

    At times, I feel like the Richard Simmons of the Alphabet. The letters just don’t take me seriously and mostly laugh at me when I try to tell them what to do.

  • Clear-cut directions and an exact list of ingredients are indeed lacking when we attempt to create a novel. We know we need lots of words, time, some characters, a plot, and so on and so forth but beyond that, we’re on our own.

    Magic is a good description for the process of story writing. I often feel as if I’m under a magic spell when I sit down and add a few more pages to my present NaNoWriMo novel. It must be magic that draws me to my laptop day after day and securely holds me there. Ideas appear virtually out of nowhere. Magic…yup, that’s a great way to describe it!

  • kathanink

    Since I’ve started this process of NaNo (as I mentioned, I’ve never written anything this long), I am dumbfounded how I come up with what I come up with. Seriously! I distinctly remember being at the lowest part of my story and feeling utterly bored with it, and suddenly, I had this idea that changed the trajectory of my story. I am amazed at the creative process!

  • Sorry I’m late to this party tonight, but, yeah, that magic thing is pretty amazing. Sometimes I just don’t know where this stuff comes from or how it does, but it’s. just. THERE.

    And I get blown away. By the process, and occasionally even by the product.

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