Choose the Bolder

“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take–choose the bolder.”
– Ezra Pound

This month, you’re doing what many think is the impossible: you’re writing a novel-length book in thirty days.

Fifty-thousand words in thirty days.

Are you insane?

Yes, yes you are, and I love that about you.

I know many of you might be struggling at this point. This is the rough patch, really. You’re close to the end, but so far from it, you know?

So I’m sure you’re at a crossroads. You don’t know the next step your characters should take. You’re tempted to go back and edit what you have written. Whatever you do, don’t do that.

Here’s a suggestion: choose the bolder path. What would happen if, say, one of your characters died? Or did something almost  as radical?

Maybe it makes sense, what you’re about to do. And then again, maybe it doesn’t. That’s not the point of NaNoWriMo. The point is to put pen to paper, and at the end of the month, have something to workshop. Get that? Have something to workshop by the end of the month.

Good luck. If you need a place to vent about your work, leave a comment and we’ll see what we can do about sparking your imagination.

8 thoughts on “Choose the Bolder

  1. I LOVE that quote! Wow, great quote. I definitely need to use that life guiding quote next time I’m stuck. I’m terrible at making decisions.

    But that’s perfect! Great advice to live by. And write by!

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  2. I LOVE that quote! Wow, great quote. I definitely need to use that life guiding quote next time I'm stuck. I'm terrible at making decisions.

    But that's perfect! Great advice to live by. And write by!

    Like

  3. Zoe – It is good advice, and it would be better if I could take my own advice! I’m a very cautious person, except when it comes to my writing pursuits. Only with my writing am I adventurous, always fighting to take the bolder step.

    Spyscribbler – I know! And here’s a little secret… I get most of my quotes from the literary quote widget for the personalized Google homepage. Every once in a while there’s a dud, but there’s some good stuff there!

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  4. Zoe – It is good advice, and it would be better if I could take my own advice! I’m a very cautious person, except when it comes to my writing pursuits. Only with my writing am I adventurous, always fighting to take the bolder step.

    Spyscribbler – I know! And here’s a little secret… I get most of my quotes from the literary quote widget for the personalized Google homepage. Every once in a while there’s a dud, but there’s some good stuff there!

    Like

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