Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
The subject of today's post in the NaNoWriMo prep series is one that is quite near and dear to my heart--
Learning to say the word "no".
In writing, there are plenty of things we must learn to say "no" to: that little voice that tells us we don't have the time; that plot point or idea that another person is pushing upon us (usually trying to be helpful); the opinions of others concerning what should and should not be written. I, however, find that the most frustrating "person" of all to say "no" to is this:
Your inner perceiver of the world.
This person is different than your inner critic, who we all wrestle with, as well. Your inner perceiver has ideas about what is supposed to happen, much like the people mentioned above who think they know what should and should not be written. Your inner perceiver will shoot down ideas not because they are silly or half-baked, as your inner critic will, but because they are too odd or crazy, too outside the scope of "normal" for the world.
But let me ask you: is your favorite book in the world really a "normal" one? If it is considered not all too odd now, how was it perceived when it was first published?
My favorite book is Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy), by J.M. Barrie, adapted from the famous play...which so many found odd and unsellable that the author had a hard time finding anyone who would stage it at first. Imagine the surprise of those people who turned their noses up at the thought of a flying boy, fairies, and the Neverland when the play became a huge success.
Your inner perceiver can be dangerous, and hard to get rid of, but as NaNo comes along, I always try to remind myself that getting rid of this perceiver is important.
I've mentioned before that with NaNo -- with writing in general, actually -- comes great ideas, many of them odd or crazy, many of them which will seem to have nothing to do with your story at first. When those ideas come, and your perceiver or critic tries to push them away, exercise your use of the word "no", and go with your idea, no matter how strange it may seem at first. You may not like what you wrote in the end, but it is something to work with -- and chances are that instead of disliking it, you will be glad that you wrote it after all.
The best stories are born when we throw aside doubt, and have confidence in ourselves as creators.
Blog News ~
So, just a few small updates this week.
Books: All links on the site (to books, etc.) have been added, with more distributors coming soon! You can now purchase most of my books from iBooks and BN, as well as Smashwords, with paperbacks also available.
InkTober: Secondly, it seems that I will not be doing anything else for InkTober. With preparing for my region's NaNoWriMo, among other things in my life at the moment, InkTober has not fit well into my schedule this year, and most drawings that I've tried have been too hurried for my taste, which only leaves me feeling frustrated. I hope to try InkTober again next year, when things are a bit more settled, but we will see. Thank you for dropping by to visit my artwork!