Tuesday, July 27, 2010

[Still Alive]

I'm still writing, guys, just not free-style. :) I've been knocking some pages out on my book (and therefore my book blog), so I haven't been doing much in the way of ranting, whining, or rambling for a few days.  As long as my creative juices hold out, that should remain the case.  While I hardly expect to finish writing my book this year, I would like to get through a full first draft of it by then.  It's true, everyone, I'm writing for FUN.  No thesis, no creative writing class, no research essay... something I want to do.  It's nice.  It's also hard to stay focused.  I'm getting better at it though.  It really helps to set aside an hour each day just to write, even if what I write ends up on the cutting room floor.

If you'd like to keep up with my book as it evolves from loose ideas to a tight plotline and, hopefully, well-developed characters, drop me an email or message with your email address, and I'll send you a Blogger invitation for that site.  I keep it private, in the off-chance that I do have a good idea, because I want to be the one to flesh it out.  I would love feedback from friends though (so, please, if you're a reader, comment!).  When you get an invitation, accept it and set up an account (if you don't already have one) right away, because the invitation only stays open for a couple weeks or a month.

My most recent entry is not an actual chapter, but rather a collection of some loose thoughts running through my head pertaining to plot development and character development.  I do have a full, very rough, draft of chapters one through four, though.  They're still short, as I'll flesh them out when I get a full draft, but they do at least lay out the direction the story is going.  I'm getting into it.  I am going to have to take a couple days away from writing, though, as finals are tomorrow and Thursday, and I have to grade all the portfolios and final exams (and figure final grades) by Monday morning.  Then, hopefully, I'll be back in action with some interesting scribblings from now until then.

Onward and upward!

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