I just realized NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. Anybody planning to participate?
I have participated the last two years, but have never finished a novel. To be honest, I get so drawn into things in the outside world I freeze on the inside. Last year I was bogged down in the medicine fiasco and the year before my Aunt was in the hospital.
Sadly, I let myself be intimidated.
This year, I am better prepared. I have two unfinished novels from which to choose. Not just two, of course, but two from the previous Novembers.
This doesn’t mean I won’t panic and think either is (or both are) trash, but here’s hoping.
How do you center yourself in order to keep writing?
If you guessed quixotic has something to do with Don Quixote, you’re absolutely right. The hero of the 17th-century Spanish novel El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (by Miguel de Cervantes) didn’t change the world by tilting at windmills, but he did leave a linguistic legacy in English. The adjective quixotic is based on his name and has been used to describe unrealistic idealists since at least the early 18th century. The novel has given English other words as well. Dulcinea, the name of Quixote’s beloved, has come to mean mistress or sweetheart, and rosinante, which is sometimes used to refer to an old, broken-down horse, comes from the name of the hero’s less-than-gallant steed.
“The Sailor Who Sailed After the Sun”, Grails, Quests, Visitations, and Other Occurrences (1992), ed. Richard Gilliam, Martin Harry Greenberg, and Edward E. Kramer, Reprinted in Gene Wolfe, Innocents Aboard (2004)