I didn’t participate in a productive way in NaNoWriMo this month. No surprise there. But I did use the month as a form of motivation to concentrate on what it is I actually want to write. I received the same answer I have given myself before: put the fiction away for now, and work on the personal essays. The world around me, the world of my novel, will still be there when I get back to it.
Those of you who also write will not be surprised when I tell you that I then promptly started plotting a short story. Right. But it’s making me finish something, that’s the point. So I told myself. I have some time off from work these next few weeks, and I will either come out of it with one, great, well-thought out, short story, or with a lot of essay topics flying around my head. Of course I have no end of essay topics to start with, so picking one will be the first step.
To paraphrase, and totally steal from, the astronauts when they landed on the Moon for the first time: that’s one small step for me, one giant step for my writing process.