A Riff

This is to my musician friend who doesn’t understand the appeal of NaNoWriMo:

If you typically write as if composing a song, carefully arranging each note so it corresponds with the others to make harmony while adhering to chord structure, think of NaNo as a blazing hot guitar solo (or perhaps in your case, a drum solo), played with careless abandon.  It may come out as useless noise, true, or it may result in something inspired, birthed in the heat of the moment.  Either way, it’s creation, and isn’t that what writing (and music) is all about?

S.L. Madden


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