Alterations And Preparations

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So it’s almost August and I wanted a lot more of my novel written than just 3,000 words. I’m a bit disappointed in myself for not sticking to my goal of at least 6,000 words by the end of July.  However, I have been busy working at Female First and the days that I don’t go to the office I am starting my third year preparations for university.  I have managed to list the ideas I have for each of my classes this year. For the first time we are studying Screen writing and our biggest assignment is to write a short film or TV pilot episode script. I have an idea already set up but I am yet to begin writing it because I don’t have the knowledge of how a script for screen is presented. I am sure this is what I will be learning in my final year but at least I have a solid idea written out in my journal. I have titled it ‘One Step Closer’, it will be a TV pilot episode of a drama about children living in a care home. I have some character profiles and I know some of scenes that will take place in the first episode.

I am making good progress with my third year preparations, I just wish I had made more progress with my novel for my dissertation. I know where I am going with my novel it’s just finding the time and the motivation to write it. As for fiction next year, I have a few story ideas drafted in my journal. One of them is a story about a little girl that goes missing and the story is told in three points of view, the mother’s, the child and the kidnapper. I have a title because I usually start with a title when I am writing and it will be called The Girl In Red.

Although I have only written 3,000 words I am already deciding to make alterations to my novel. At the moment it is in first person, present tense. I want to keep it in first person because I believe it to be the best way to tell the story but I am going to re-write it in past tense to see which I prefer. Better doing it now with 3,000 words than 30,000 words. I have far too many distractions to do it. It’s frustrating. It’s Sunday tomorrow. I have nothing to do. I might go to the gym for an hour but that’s it. So I am going to write. I am going to re-write the 3,000 words I have and change it to past tense. Then I will decide which is better. Saying I am going to write and actually writing are two very different things. I need to stop this laziness and get something written. If not, I’m sure I will regret the heavy dissertation workload that I will be bombarded with in September.

Pen To Paper

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I haven’t been writing at all lately. I can’t even blame my lack of writing on writers block because I’m not even trying to write anything. I think the problem is that I have far too many ideas but I never pursue any of them. I have my journal which is full of ideas for short stories, poems, scripts and novels. My initial idea for the summer was to start the opening chapter for my dissertation. We only have to hand in 6,000 words but my aim was to get at least 10,000 words to work with when I got back to uni in October but I haven’t even started it and it’s now June.

I have no excuse really – it’s just laziness. I have my work experience three times a week but what about the other four days? I have the same ideas swirling around my head and I wake up in the morning thinking to myself – I will write today. I WILL! But I don’t. I find myself doing other things, pointless things like browsing the internet, listening to music and watching TV shows. It’s not completely pointless though. I have found a lot of my ideas recently from things I have watched, listened too and seen.

I want to be a writer and what I forget is the discipline that is required to do it. I’m not saying I need to make myself write. I’m saying that I need to write. I need put my ideas down pen to paper or type words on to a blank word document. Just something. Summer just makes me lazy. I complain when I am at university and have no time to write stories or novel chapters or poems but now I have all of these free time I’m still not doing it. Lets hope I find the motivation to do some writing soon.

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