Well, that’s embarrassing.

Wow, it has been a year and a half since I have logged in to WordPress.  While I can’t say I’m proud of the fact that my goal of writing my novel fell to the wayside, I cannot say that I entirely regret it.  In the last 18 months I have begun (and now nearly completed) the Bachelor of Education program at my university.  So in a little over 2 months  I will be a licensed teacher, and that’s definitely something  I am happy about.

I still think about my novel idea, and I think about it often.  I tend to find myself daydreaming rather frequently about what it would feel like should I finally complete my novel, even if it was just a rough draft.  However, finding the time amidst all I have going on in my life right now to actually make another attempt at that dream is beyond difficult.  I know to some that may sound like nothing more than an excuse, and that’s fair.  From where I’m standing though, it is a completely valid reason for not being able to go forward with my writing.  This program is far more labor intensive than I had imagined it would be, and in addition I also have work, family, and social commitments to consider.  Needless to say, this plan of mine has been sitting on the back burner, but I think it’s time to change that. It is high time I get back on this horse and do this thing that I can’t get out of my head.

My new goal going forward is to write something every day, even if it is unrelated to my novel, or is short, or insignificant.  I need to get into the habit of writing daily in order to truly get into writing an entire book.  I will also be updating my blog more often, and reading the blogs of others.  Nothing improves your own writing more than reading a variety of writing by others (or at least I think so anyways!)

 

So here’s to my return to my novel idea!

Motivation Mountain-Climbing?

So, this weekend was definitely not productive for me.  Friday found me incredibly lethargic, without the brain power to do much of anything.  I did manage to write what may end up being the first paragraph of my future novel.  But writing this passage got me thinking.  How much planning do I need to have done before I can start writing a draft? How specific do those plans need to be? From what research I have done into the creative process it appears as though there is no singular “correct” way to write or to plan.  However I feel as though there are probably more…lets say “efficient” ways of getting started on a novel.

I knew this was definitely going to be an uphill battle when I started brainstorming and planning, but now I’m not sure if what I have done is enough.  Should I continue to just plan? Or can I begin writing? I am apprehensive because as of now, beginning the writing of the first draft seems like an impossibly daunting task.  However part of me is also excited at the prospect of actually bringing my ideas (and the world I have created in my head) to life on paper.  So I guess now what I really need more than anything is to find a way to stay motivated while I continue on this path to a first, very rough, draft.

If anyone happens to read the endless rambling that makes up this post who has gone through this process before and would like to offer some pointers, any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated! And if not, well I really do feel better now that I’ve put my thoughts out there, instead of just leaving them to rattle around inside my skull all day.