An excerpt from Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic. Because those ideas aren’t going to come to life on their own. Partner up!
November first is around the corner, and you know what that means: NaNoWriMo!!!!!
Long time readers of this blog know I love NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated) with the heat of a thousand blazing suns. Even if you don’t wanna be a novelist, it’s worth doing NaNoWriMo at least once because it teaches the oh-so-important lesson of going forth to do crazy creative things that seem impossible. If you can pull a 50,000 word novel draft out of your gut in a month, you can do anything.
Though I’ve been hunkered down in Chez Art and Words for the past three weeks recovering from foot surgery, and even more hunkered down with book deadlines (more on these below), I’d be remiss to let NaNoWriMo commence without giving it a serious shout out. Here are some previous blog posts regarding NaNoWriMo:
In regards to foot surgery and book deadlines, though it’s never fun to have two bones cut and repositioned in one’s foot, the surgery went extremely well. After three weeks of hobbling in a surgical cast, I am now down to one crutch, and able to walk a few steps here and there. (I am extremely grateful to my family and friends for all their help these past weeks.) Yet, in a weird way, the timing couldn’t have been better, though it sucks majorly to be immobile. This enforced hermitude (is that even a word?) enabled me to get a lot of work done revising the Next Novel, for which my agent has set a deadline. In addition, it seems a long-aborning Secret Project will be coming to fruition, though it’s too soon to share anything more.
In the meantime, I’ll be using the month of November in a manner unintended by NaNoWriMo: to revise the Next Novel, which is currently a 100,000 word draft in need of serious editing, and still missing a few scenes. Hey, I’ll take the creative energy wherever I can find it.
See the three little screws? That’s where my bones were moved. Yikes!
In time for Halloween, here’s proof that truth is stranger than fiction. Photographed last month in a cafe in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Someone needs to learn how to park better! Recently photographed in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
In my garden: a little bit of Venice brought back to Brooklyn from my recent trip to that city set on water.