"One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now." (Annie Dillard)
At play practice today I was talking with the director about writing. She is an English professor, and one of those literary sorts. While I am an English teacher too (someday, I might have to give up that title because what if I never go back to teaching?), and while I appreciate and enjoy literature, I'm quite a lot better at teaching writing. She was shaking her head in wonder at my bewildering passion for research writing. Oh, I do love to write a good research paper. Especially if it has anything to do with Irish literature or literary criticism (preferably in the Marxist vein).
But here I am, writing creative fiction for NaNoWriMo. And even though it is by far not going to be the highlight of my writing career, I am thankful. I'm even feeling creative enough to think about participating in Laura's Frankenstory project (maybe you want to too...just add your part of the story in the comment section). Thankful for imagination, for words, for writing and for the possibilities that writing creates. Nevertheless, as I type up my story I can't help but be reminded of a Scott Adam's Dilbert cartoon that my writing professor had posted on her door.
Dilbert writes a poem and presents it to Dogbert:
DOGBERT: I once read that given infinite time, a thousand monkeys with typewriters would eventually write the complete works of Shakespeare.
DILBERT: But what about my poem?
DOGBERT: Three monkeys, ten minutes.
I think it might be optimism on my part to even hope for three monkeys.