Yesterday (January 22nd, 2018) was my last first day of my final semester as an undergraduate. While my collegiate career has taken many twists and turns that I didn't expect (three major changes, many different minors, and classes that I thought I would love which I didn't), it has all lead me back to what, I suppose, was always at the core of me: writing.
While last semester I took an adventure into the world of Graphic Design and coding, this semester, I have taken only literature and creative writing courses. Let me preface everything by saying: I have only taken one creative writing course prior to this semester (it was in my first ever semester), and I hated it.
I was told that I couldn't write about abstract ideas, that I couldn't write about things we couldn't see or touch. That didn't suite me as I was working on a story about oblivion. The professor told me she would fail me if I didn't revise for her standards.
I didn't revise, and I did receive a 'D' on my final assignment.
That class deterred me from pursuing creative writing as a collegiate endeavor, and I filled my days with different kind of literature courses, until this semester.
I have 3 creative writing classes out of 6. That's 50%. (Since I'm not a math major, I won't assume you are either).
In the capstone Creative Writing course, I am required to have a project that I will try to complete by the end of the semester. This can be literally anything. (As this is not the same professor, and a much, much, much, much better professor from the first class I took. Seriously. He's the best.)
Not many people decide that this will be completing an entire novel, but some do. Some do essays or a collection or short stories, some do portions of a novel.
I have decided that this semester, knowing full well that I have hopelessly and unchangeably given up on my previous goal of "no effort, senior year", to write an entire novel.
This will be my blog, affectionately entitled "One Semester: One Book". (Because lets face it, writing a novel is hard, and you can't expect me to be that creative when I'm facing this mountain of a task).
I know, I know, there are things like NaNoWriMo that force you to do it in a month, which I have done, and was successful at once, but imagine having 6 classes, awaiting grad school decisions, working full time, and doing this. I'm a bit crazy, okay.
This will be my experiment, whether or not it fails, I guess we will see what happens.
Now, The Rules:
- I will update this blog at least twice a week
- The topics will include what was discussed in class, what I learned, my general opinions
- In every post I will include a word count of my work in progress
- I will allow myself 3 strikes of missing blog posts
- Completing the book will not be judged by the word count, but by the narrative working its way to completion
- I will be working on a novel I have already written. (I know, seems like this whole thing is fake now).
- This novel will be affectionately known as TVEM, although the book I wrote underneath that name, is now going to be a different book.
- That's right, I am going to write this sucker from scratch.
- The characters are the same, the premise is the same, however the ending, the story, the plot, will not.
This is the second time that I have done this, and as I detail in my introduction, I consider the second book that was produced to be an entirely new one, because I used nothing from the first and the story went through a significant evolution.
I am also doing this because I feel the need to always complete a story, even if I don't like the way it turns out, I need to complete it. Even though I did write this book, I never wrote an ending, which is weird for me. I always write that first. As I will be attending graduate school in the Fall, and will be working on a book about I don't even know what yet, I need to finish this book.
So, without further ado, here we go.