Enjoying the Woods

I’m sure some of you realized I was posting lyrics from Into the Woods in several of my past emails.

It just works so well for NaNo and our novels.

Your character (and you) are given a task and you must go into the woods to complete it. Unlike the play, we get 30 Midnights instead of 3.

You know this story because it’s been told many, many times and veteran Wrimos all agree:

The path is straight,
I know it well.
Into the woods,
And who can tell
What’s waiting on the journey?

It’s exactly what we’re doing here. And not only that, but like Red, The Baker, Jack, and Cinderella we don’t really want to do this. We kind of have to do this. If we want our wish (50,000 words of novel) we have to go into the Woods.

I’ve been entering the woods for nine years now and it’s always much the same.

The way is clear,
The light is good, 
I have no fear,
Nor no one should.
The woods are just trees,
The trees are just wood.
No need to be afraid there—
There’s something in the glade there…

Just ignore the distractions and relax with your writing in the evenings and when you have time. Even if you fall behind, get waylaid by a handsome prince or devoured by a wolf, you can come back with a few word sprints and be on your merry way.

It’s times like this I wish I could write all the Pep Talks and therefore give you the important verse each week as it comes up, but I’m not so I will just remind you that in the end “all that seemed Wrong was now Right and those who deserved to were certain to live a long and happy life — Ever After.

Unless, like most of us, you do NaNoWriMo again.

But everything you learn there
Will help when you return there

Seven Midnights Gone!
-Xander

The light is getting dimmer — I think I see a glimmer.

The Prologue on Youtube
Ever After on Youtube
Finale on Youtube