Robin Hawke

Deadlines and NaNoWriMo
October 24, 2011, 8:45 PM
Filed under: All Writing Challenges, Emotions, Life and Stuff | Tags: , ,

I’m imagining the participants of NaNoWriMo, all us writers, staring at our desks in horror. A horror that will grow through Halloween night.

The practical, bills and groceries, last edits, and the impractical, dazed thoughts, are bumping one another, screaming for attention.

I’m resisting the dazed thoughts. I want to experience my first NaNo without predetermination. Despite the severity of my intent, incubation begins, immediately followed by, “Oh, no…to do, to do, to do…”

Time Sink
May 15, 2011, 12:02 PM
Filed under: Emotions, Life and Stuff | Tags: ,

Solutions to writing problems and knotty issues come to me when I’m driving or showering. Places I am without a notebook. Triggers, phrases, ideas, a whole sentence—to jot them down—how ingenious that would be.

Instead, I linger under hot water. People in the know say complete relaxation is a key ingredient of incubating wisely. I’m never sure how wise I am when that clever solution flows down the drain as soon as I begin to towel off.