I watched an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda recently where he spoke about being invited to the White House to perform years ago.
“Actually,” he told them, “I do have something I’ve been working on. It’s a rap about Alexander Hamilton.”
They all laughed. “Wait,” they said after a moment. “You’re serious?”
Little did they know that the song he sang that night would go viral and lead to him writing a Broadway musical that would be nominated for a record-breaking total of 16 Tony awards.
It reminds me of that quote by Jules Feiffer:
“Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.”
For 7 years, this is what Lin-Manuel Miranda did. He painted the sky red and ignored everyone that called him stupid. “You can’t write a rap song about Alexander Hamilton,” they said. “It just can’t be done.”
And they were right…until he did it.
What is your red sky? Are you writing it yet? And if not…why?
So, I am behind on NaNoWriMo, just as I expected I might be. However, this time I’m just going to move ahead. Not panic. Have fun. Write!
Don’t give up if you fall behind.
No matter what, if you try you’ll be that many more words ahead. The first forty pages on a novel is the first forty pages of a novel. 20,000 words is 20,000 words, even if it’s NOT 50,000.
And if you write consistently, no matter the number of words reached, you will begin to make writing a habit.
(Still–I’m headed toward 50,000!)
Answer these questions: What is it the stops you from sitting down and writing?
How will you conquer that in a month?