So, I’ve vanished for a few weeks. It wasn’t exactly what I intended. Let me explain.
I announced that I was going to be participating in National Novel Writing Month. I kind of fell apart with that into the second week. I’m not particularly disappointed, though. At 10,000 words, I had nearly doubled the length of the longest piece I’d ever written, my senior thesis. I have some good material to develop in the future.
But I shut down in a lot of respects beyond just the novel. I have been in the process of going back to school, and I find that that has taken a lot of emotional and mental energy from me. I feel like I’m pulling back all of my resources, because I know that, come January 9, I’m going to be expending a lot more resources than I have had to recently, and I’m concerned that if I don’t do this, I won’t have enough for school.
It’s exciting. I have not attended school since 2004, and have not attended full-time since 1997, so I feel like I’m having to dust off my brain. I did well overall in my last educational endeavours, and had to cut my degree short owing to circumstances outside the realm of academics. I plan to attend school year-round, and should be finished in two years. I will come out with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing. (At my school, Metropolitan State University, English and Writing are two separate majors.)
I have ideas of some writings that I would like to produce for this space over the next few weeks. One of those plans I will announce on Monday.
I will be writing a bit less on here during the month of November. That is because I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), so my writing energies will be focussed on producing at least 50,000 words of the first draught of a novel by November 30.
I’ve never attempted to write a novel before, though I’ve certainly thought about it in the past, and I’ve read up on the subject, particularly character development. I’m really excited. I first got the idea for my story this summer, and about 10 days ago decided to use it for NaNoWriMo. It’s been fun mentally sitting in this world that I’ve created it so that I can understand it and depict it. The challenge is that the setting for the novel is pretty dark. I will have to work extra-hard to find my “happy place.”
Wish me luck!