Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can. Danny Kaye
When I'm starving for blog post ideas, I hit the buffet of quotes on the Internet. There's something for everyone, and the perfect quote for every need.
Today, Kaye's quote popped out at me. My canvas is a blank page. I sit down, take a prompt, and start typing. Throwing caution to the wind, the words pour out of me. I try not to stop them.
Once the canvas is full, I walk away for a minute. Let it dry. When I come back, I have a more objective view of the scene. Some words get tossed aside, but some spring into a life all their own. A piece of work I never expected.
National Novel Writing Month is a great time to remember Kaye's lesson. Write, write, write. Squelch your inner editor for the time being and give words freedom. What you end up with on November 30th is a blueprint. A starting point for something. It's not meant to be a finished novel, but draft one of many.
Although I'm not participating in NaNo, I'm embracing the spirit of it. I'm writing, every single day, and letting the editor take a break until 2012. Just words filling up my canvas... throwing all the paint on it I can.