DREAM, DREAM, DREAM IT THROUGH.
WRITE MORE WITH YOUR BODY
AND LESS WITH YOUR HEAD.
DON'T THINK A STORY THROUGH,
DON'T THINK IT OUT.
THE DANGER OF THINKING IT THROUGH IS THAT MOST OF US ARE NOT SMART ENOUGH TO DO IT THAT WAY.
WE HAVE TO GO ONE MOMENT AT A TIME.
(Andre Dubus III)
In "real" life, I tend to be organized, a planner, but whenever I attempt to apply this same strategy to my writing life, I end up stuck, blocked, frustrated. So, this time for NaNo, I am taking the above quote to heart....
I'm letting the story come to me, gently, slowly, one moment at a time...or all in a rush. I'm giving the story breadth - room to unfold, to stretch out its languid limbs inside my imagination...or to zoom and zip and bounce off my mind's walls. I'm giving it breath - air to breathe, to giggle, to whisper sweet secrets...or to bellow, to whimper, to beg for mercy. I'm giving myself over to the story in all its messy glory.
Let's give ourselves the gift of letting go, even just a little bit, this week. Let the story tell itself. Instead of planning life to death, why not let it play out around us and see what happens?