On Novelling and Versification

I’ll spare the old adage of me not writing here in months. Been there, don’t that.

A few things have happened.

1. I published something! In my school magazine.

2. I started college, which fits into the above I suppose.

This last semester didn’t go as smoothly as my first. I really think my first semester of school went so well because I was so happy. I was in college after all. I had wanted so bad to go back to school and I finally achieved it. I was motivated.

I withdrew my second semester in the Fall. I’m not going to rehash it, but I needed a break. I went back this Spring. I liked my experience this semester a lot, but sometimes old friends visit. But I am proud of myself for finishing.

Most of the writing I did this year was for my English Composition II class. I really liked that. I like writing essays it seems and especially about literature and favorite authors. (I did all five of my essays on women. Pushing that feminist agenda!) But I really missed my creative work. I wrote here and there, but not much.

But I have been consistently working on my poetry. I frequently tell myself I work better on poetry because of the length. I can work, rework, revise poems in half the time it takes to write a novel.

I am about 50,000 words into Chloe’s book. But damn I’m tired of it. I’m writing bits and pieces of it, but I’m not really making any concrete movement.

But I’m going to get better at this novelling thing. I’m going to practice. I practice my poetry and I think I’m currently a much better poet than a novelist.

The concept of practice novels intrigue me. Technically I’ve got a few practice novels of my own. I’ve started at least one or two. The Lord and the Duchess is tucked into my hard drive. I don’t think it’ll ever see the light of day.

I read on Joyce Carol Oates wiki page that she wrote novels and then threw them away! And she’s written and published TONS of novels so I’m awed! I don’t think I’m at the point where I could throwaway a novel especially one that I finished. I’m a very sentimental person when it comes to saving things. Some would call it hoarding, but I’m not going to go there today.

Practice is the key! I’ve gotten back into doing writing exercises and I’m trying out the concept of morning and evening pages. I joined 750words awhile back and I just wrote my first entry. I finished my evening pages about an hour ago. So far, so good!

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Monthly Count

My word count for this month is about 10K I think? I’m not completely sure but it’s somewhere around that.

Around this time last year I was writing about 20K a month. I’ve slowed down a bit, but hey at least I’m still writing right? <—that was a pun

I’ve been writing non fiction in the form of shorter to longer pieces about moments in my life. I’m telling myself that it’ll be for a future memoir or something. But I think it’s therapeutic more than anyway. I started writing more about feelings when I was in the hospital because we had to journal three times a day haha. But I really like it and it gives me a way to release everything without raging. I definitely recommend it.

So that’s how things are doing in writing land. What about you guys? How is your writing going?

Yay Me!

Today I reached my original goal of writing 1K. Last night I was reading over some of my previous stories and I started to fall in love with my characters once again. So I guess today I was particularly inspired.

I’m going to try to write at least 350-500 words tomorrow. My mood has been rather spiky lately and I’m having the cramps from hell. But I shall prevail! I shall!

Honestly…

I’m usually not this bad at updating my blogs. I swear I’m not but if you’ve ever played a Sims game, then you know how it goes.

Then there was the health problems I’m still dealing with. Things are getting resolved, but things have gotten a bit more hectic in the past few weeks.

But I’m proud to say that I think I’m getting back into my writing mode. I’m starting smaller than I usually set my goal at, but hey anything is better than nothing right?

And I have an idea for a ~novel~. I have another novel tentatively titled Song of Delilah that has been on the back burner. I guess you could say I’m still working on researching it and it has a lot of kinks. Not to mention I haven’t actually written an actual word for it yet.

But still things are coming along. I’m trying to make some changes in my life. I’m trying to be more focused, I guess you say. So like my writing, my life is a work in progress as well.

That’s all for now. I’m not going to make any promises, but I think I might be back a little sooner this time.