‘Twas the night before WriMo. …

And all through Chez Dawn
The Apple G4 hummed expectantly
Yet the author’s mental state was gone.

As she updated her profile
Panic set in
Because she has no fucking idea
How her novel will begin.

Bestow unto me, my beloved Muse, the opening line that will incite a torrent of brilliant (and even not-so-clever) literature.

The pressure’s on — the clock starts ticking tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about my characters for days. Hell, I’ve been thinking about them for years. I’ve fallen in love with a secondary character and damn near lost interest in a primary one.

I know in two weeks, I will hate them all. But right now, they are my babies, the many facets of my personality, my lovers and friends and enemies, all rolled into words.

And that’s what this is all about — words. Thoughts. Sentiments. Longing. Desire. Vitriol. Love. Passion. Anything but indifference. Losing myself in my fantasies and nightmares and the things I never daresay aloud.

Writing to process the past, ponder the present, plan the potential occurrences that I’d love to happen in my very own life. Allowing them to happen to my heroine. Letting her ache and triumph and live in ways I wish I could. Transferring my myriad fears and my strength into a character the pages can barely contain. Becoming her, living as her for 30 whole days.

Should be easy — I’ve done it for 30 whole years. This month, I get to be who I was meant to be.

Muse, give me strength.

7 Responses to ‘Twas the night before WriMo. …

  1. IndigoSunMoon :

    Good luck Dawn!

  2. Ted :

    “It was a dark and stormy night.” 😉

  3. Amy :

    If you give up on these characters, I’m sure you could work enough fine drama out of my life at present…we could just change the names to protect the innocent. Or not. 🙂

  4. Victor :

    Dammit. Ted stole my joke.

    Your novel should be about rats. Or perhaps a caption for Nic’s contest.

  5. Victor :

    And I forgot to mention–you’re 30? I’d never have guessed.

  6. Pratt :

    “Once upon a time…?” I expect to hear from you often during the nanowrimo process. cheer each other on and get inspired.

  7. Shizgirl :

    Good luck with this project. I’m hoping to do it in ’06, myself.

    As for an opening sentence, how about:

    “When I awoke, the room was empty and cold, and I was naked.”