I've found my companion for NaNoWriMo: What It Is, by Lynda Barry. Do you know Barry, author of Ernie Pooks Comeeks (unofficially the story of Marlys)? What It Is is a book about creativity and how the big bad critic in us tries to kill it. It's Barry's plea to everybody to keep that playful part of themselves alive. And, by the way, Barry reminds us that when kids play it's not all joy. There's a lot of anxiety involved. When children play they are very focused and concentrated.
But what made me buy the book is this exchange in one of the comics in the book:
Worried about your book?
Oh there's my book, the war, the laundry, things I said 15 years ago, the environment, my double chin, unanswered mail, what an ass I am, what a dirty house we have -- and I've had "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" playing in my head for days.
Sound familiar? In a funny aside, when I first discovered Barry I thought she was black. (She grew up tossing bologna to the mean dog in the alley too!)
Go here for an excerpt from What it Is.
Who else is doing NaNoWriMo? What will you be reading/doing to make it through?