Why We Write

This Neil Gaiman blog post, Why Write?, is a spot-on assessment of the best and worst of being a writer. I’ve been trying for the last several months to finish up the third and final book in a series that I’ve been working on for about eight years now, and I’m feel like I’m still taxiing around the runway, waiting to take off; I’ve rewritten (from scratch) the first chapter about four times now. One storyline has progressed fine—I have about seven or eight chapters of it written—but the other has been lacking something. In the moments where I worry that I’ll never get off the ground, I remember that I have been in the air before, so I do another loop around the airfield.

On a related note, there’s about two weeks until National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) commences. I’m planning on starting on a completely different project, something that’ll hopefully let me clear both my head and my palette. If you’ve ever thought you might want to write a novel, NaNoWriMo is the perfect opportunity to give it a go. This will be my third consecutive year participating and I’m hoping to go 3-for-3, though admittedly I’m a little worried, since this’ll be the first year I’ve tried to do it while working full time. And there’s still that ever elusive task of getting published.