Go on a Flight of Fancy

I love to write about Writing so here’s one I hope you will enjoy.

Dictionary.com (quoting The American Heritage Idioms Dictionary) defines “Flight of Fancy” as:

An unrealistic idea or fantastic notion, a pipe dream. For example, She engaged in flights of fancy, such as owning a million-dollar house. This idiom uses flight in the sense of “a soaring of the imagination,” a usage dating from the mid-1600s.

The definition reads rather puritanical, doesn’t it? Using words like unrealistic, fantastic, and phrases like “a pipe dream” would lead one to think that it is not a good thing.

I disagree.

As humans, we possess many extraordinary gifts such as the power of communication, invention, and the ability to think beyond the ordinary into the fantastic. Our imaginations allow us to take ideas from the abstract and make them real and that’s nothing to sneeze at or scoff over. Every invention we take for granted started out as an idea and became something that often we take for granted. Even the pipe, smoking and otherwise started out as a dream.

Writers are masters at taking the fantastic or unrealistic and putting them in a form that people pay tickets to visit in the form of book sales and movies fares. Every one of you that puts pen to paper or hands to keyboard is engaging in a proud tradition that dates back to when Ugg The Slacker first scratched on a stone tablet.

Be proud, be resolute….but God Damn it, be writing. 😉


Weighing in on NaNoWriMo

I wasn’t going to write this but seeing as it is National Novel Writing Month, I felt the need to weigh in.

Every November, a group known as National Novel Writing Month, located at nanowrimo.org comes together to sponsor a month designed to bring together writers for the purpose of writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. By participating, you can earn participation badges and most important, you can develop the motivation and dedication skills necessary to work on a large scale novel project. The group also provides tools to track your progress and helpful information to keep you motivated and in the game.

Anything that promotes writing and literacy is something that I support. Unfortunately, I hold my own personal NaNo every day because Writing has been in my blood for years and I couldn’t stop if I wanted. I highly recommend participating in this if you need that little extra push and want to free that novel that’s bursting to get out. It costs nothing but some of your time one month once a year so why not?

Thanks for your time and for those already participating, you’re going to be great so be great. 🙂