Pink Think: “The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Today my mind is on the lyrics of a song from the 70s. It goes something like this:
Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the places life’s been showing you?
Where are you going to?
Do you know?
Whoever picked the month of November for NaNoWriMo – the challenge of writing 50k words in 30 days – was a sadist. Come to think of it, though, what month isn’t busy? I am about 15k into my story and if I stay motivated, I might be able to crank out 5k on some days to give me a cushion. Just to say I did it.
Meanwhile, a friend of mine critiqued a manuscript I’d had laying around. She sent me a 4 page email that told me what she loved about it and things she suggested. And I must say, her comments were spot-on brilliant.
I want to fix it. I owe it to the story.
But there’s this little thing called NaNo. Should I let go of the fun story I’ve written so far that might have more commercial value? Or should I resurrect the old mss and fix it up, hope I can fix it in some coherent fashion, and come up with a better story?
I’m also facing a crossroads regarding two potential jobs, with their pluses and minuses. It couldn’t come at a crazier time, when I want to hunker down and make a go of my novels. And yet my life stage is such I can’t be complacent. As much as I want to just sit in a corner of my room, get in a dream state, and write fiction with the relatively low stress/flexibility of a freelance journalism career, I do have to venture out. My success (read:income) at another job will create more opportunities for me and my family.
When my brain feels like it’s going to explode, I try to think that all these are Opportunities.
Yay for opportunities! But it’s still not easy to choose.
What about YOU? What choices are you facing today?