Saturday, March 27, 2010

Working on a new project

I've been hit with inspiration! And I'm working on a new project. Can you guess what it is?

*drum roll please*

I'm starting on a NOVEL, guys! I've decided to hunker down and just DO IT! I've been inspired by some of the new writers I've met (through blogging/networks) and I'm gonna do it. (Robin, I'm looking at YOU! Your struggles have really inspired me to write something great!)

This is a big deal for me because I have a fear of writing novels. I have a habit of finishing a novel and then deleting the whole thing (without saving it) due to my perceived "lack of talent or skill." My last attempt at writing a novel was when I was a senior in high school and I ended up trashing that as well. These were long novels too, like, 100K+ words. My teachers (and now university professors) have told me I am good, but for some reason I always found a way to psych myself out.

I'm pretty sure I DID suck back then. But I've gotten better, and I'm ready to try again. To ease myself back into the "novel writing" mode, I've decided to do a compilation of vignettes. I don't seem to freak out as much when I'm writing a "novella/short story."

Maybe it's my age (like I talked about in my last post), but I tend to doubt myself more than I should. Like an idiot, I listen to the morons who tell me "You're too young to write anything great," "What could you possibly have to say at just 21?" and I get really depressed about it sometimes.

But now I've decided to shrug it off and do my thing anyway. Despite what the haters say, I have to believe in myself and do what I gotta do. And I'm going to do it. It may take me many months to do it right...but I'm going to do it!

Wish me luck!



Robin Eduardo said...

You can do eet!!! Yes you really can! The trick is, don't put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect. Let the story flow out and get it all down, then you can go back and clean it up. I am a firm believer in multiple drafts. That's where you can fine tune the story, and cut the fat so to speak. (Or flesh it out more.) A good word count to shoot for is around 80,000 words. A little under or over is fine. I've actually deleted whole sections in my novel and filled out others in the third draft.

And we still need to discuss what we want to include in our anthology project. Let's not forget that! But no pressure! I'd like to get a couple more ladies in on it and then we can all put our heads together!

But I have every confidence in your writing. You'll do just fine!

HUGS! ~Robin

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