This week and a bit, thanks to the timely completion of the syllabi, has been sponsored by the letter H for Holiday-ing and the letter N for Novel-Prep.
Between hanging out with family and friends and reflecting on the blessings of the year past and the audacious goal of writing a novel in the year to come, I've been reading more source materials for my novel, delighting in picking up a lot of useful facts and a few highly useful facts.
Hoping against hope that this huge amorphous project would eventually start to jell and I could think my way into a few characters and plot points.
And finally, yesterday, little bits of a sentient, moving novel began to squirm and kick within me.
Woohoo for not being a fraud for telling people I was going to write something this spring!
It's coming, folks. I'm going to have something to write. Love it!
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
New Year Relief; or, Not a Fraud Quite Yet!
Labels: background research, collecting material, NaNoWriSpr, novel writing, writing practices, writing process
I'm a writer, an incurable reader, a narrative theorist, a media researcher, a scholar/author/writer/consultant, a PK, and the Queen of Soup Making. I write a lot, and I've taught a wide range of topics in universities. Along my journey I've picked up a PhD in Communication from Purdue and 2 degrees in English. I've been turning my ideas about communication as author-audience relationships into a communication paradigm that can be applied to a wide range of situations. I'm also writing a historical mystery series. I'm a member of Sisters in Crime, and the co-chair of the Mystery and Detective Fiction Caucus of the Popular Culture Association. My MA thesis focused on connections between T. S. Eliot and Thoreau, who each wondered about how to remain still and still moving. Before I went to grad school, I spent 7 years working for a division of HarperCollins Publishers.