Magic, do as you will

I wanted this to be another inspirational blog post. I did. I wanted to sit down and write something that would lift up the spirits of all my fellow NaNoWriMo participants.

But I also am having difficulty myself, and I don’t want to do the disservice of making this all look easy.

It isn’t. Writing this much is a lot of work. It takes dedication and sleep deprivation and giving up activities, and it takes a certain kind of magic in us that sparks creativity.

I’m feeling exhausted, that bone-deep-hit-the-bottom-of-my-creative-well kind of exhaustion. I feel like a magician who has lost his way, doomed to a fate of never finding the right story every again.

Yesterday, I passed 20,000 words on my first novel of the month. I’m putting it aside for now. It’s time to start the next novel, the second for November.

And I am drawing that oh-so-terrible blank; my magic isn’t working.

I’ve written 10 novels, eleven since last November. I am afraid that I have no ideas left, no creativity in me. I’m run dry, aren’t I? How can I not be?

I’m frightened that I’m a wizard with no more magic tricks, no more stories left to tell.

What I need is to come back to myself for a moment, to reach within and find the next idea, to stop worrying about if I will make it or if I’m writing something good. I need to return to myself and be the writer I am, the person who never says die and who doesn’t care what happens as long as the words come.

In the book (and movie) The Last Unicorn, the magician Schmendrick is a man who was so bad at being a wizard, his instructor cursed him to immortality until he could finally perform real magic. He walks the earth for hundreds of years, until finally something so important is at stake, that he gives himself up and says,

Magic, do as you will.”

And it works, not in any way he could have imagined or controlled, but it works. Just like writing works and just like NaNoWriMo works. I just need to give myself over to it, and to let go of what I expect.

Okay. Time to begin again.

Magic, do as you will…

4 thoughts on “Magic, do as you will

  1. I think this is inspirational enough! 🙂 You trickster, you. You can’t fool us into thinking you can write a bad post XD
    (JK).. Haha. I won’t be running out of novels to write… for at least 10 years. I have lots of series ideas and if I really, really have no new ideas that come to me through the course of human events, I’ll have to fall back on those horrid ideas I had in 4th grade… why do I still have those…. (Sigh..)
    Back to NaNoing…..

  2. You inspire me … I don’t believe the well is dry but I do appreciate you sharing where you are at. Keeps it real for me – at the halfway mark for NaNoWriMo.

    Thank you! 🙂

  3. “I’ve written 10 novels, eleven since last November. I am afraid that I have no ideas left, no creativity in me.”

    I think the second sentence is rendered kind of irrelevant by the first one. You’ve written 11 novels SINCE LAST NOVEMBER. That’s an incredibly shocking outpouring of words on eleven separate stories. I don’t know whether “the magic has gone dry” or whatnot, but I know that what you’ve achieved already is inspirational.

  4. I have to agree with the other commenters. But I understand the feeling – it is an unpleasant, sort of desperate, impotent thing. Never fear. That is the moment true brilliance is born.

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