Though I have plenty of topics and links tucked away on a Google Doc (next tab over), I still feel at a loss for what to write today. I think it’s because I have so many ideas zooming around in my head about what I want to do and read and research tonight, other than watch Vampire Diaries with my roommate, of course. Yes, Vampire Diaries.
So writing it is. I’ve started thinking about creative writing again recently, and I just spent the last hour pouring through notebooks in my room where I’ve written down numerous ideas but never expanded the story. With National Novel Writing Month coming up, I think I’m going to pick one and finally write a novel.
This will be my first year of NaNoWriMoing – trying to write 50,000 words (approximately 175 pages) during the month of November. I did attempt my own novel-writing month last December after I was diagnosed with ITP (a bleeding disorder – another blog post, another time) and left a three-day stay in the hospital. I bought the first season of Vampire Diaries (here we go again) on DVD and a journal and began writing about my ITP adventures and how I felt each day. Then I started on the novel, which turned into a first-person account of being in a secret society on a college campus. Yes, it was fiction.
But I didn’t make it far. I zoomed through the first few chapters and then got stuck in the rising action. I couldn’t figure out how to move my heroine through one of the obstacles, and I stopped. With several special sections coming out at The Times and the big Nathan Deal inauguration around the corner, I didn’t have much time anyway.
Then I was burned out on writing – pretty much all of it – for a good bit. I’m ready to return, in all forms. I’m hitting up my websites, this blog and now the creative writing idea.
So my new debate – do I post excerpts here? Am I ready to do that? Or should I merely write to get words on the page and update you about how I’m feeling? Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo (or just currently writing a novel) and want to be on my support team?
I’m still choosing which story idea I want to flesh out, too.
Also, in case you wondered, this is the WordPress Daily Post topic below. I didn’t feel like writing about it because without electricity, you can’t exactly have the others. Let the arguments begin.
“Topic #270: With the passing of Steve Jobs yesterday, the web is filled with remembrances of a pioneer and industry legend. It’s a sad day indeed. But it’s also a good day to look back and consider the history of innovation. And how all the inventions and creations of the last 100 years have impacted us. As a specific topic to write about: How would you compare the importance of electricity with the invention of the internet? Or the cell phone? Can this kind of comparison be made? If you had to lose one of these inventions, which would you keep? And why?”