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My Latest Obsession: Writing a Novel Part II


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Hello, dear readers! I’m back! I’ve missed you!

I can’t believe it’s been a little over a month since I last posted. Seriously, where does the time go? It’s a little weird writing in my own voice again, as I’ve spent the last month writing in voices of my characters. Forgive me if I’m a little rusty at this.

So, what exactly have I been working on? I didn’t officially enter NaNoWriMo, mostly because my writing occurs in a notebook (I actually love the physical work of writing something down) and to transfer all of that over just seemed too time consuming to do. It also felt more like a real project if I could go somewhere and see the fruits of my labor. When I started this project, I really thought that I would be writing a novel, as I tried my hand at a screenplay years ago, and found out that I love writing about details (both in my characters and the world they inhabit), and the brevity required for screenwriting is not really my forte. This time was different. The more I got into my story, the more I started seeing everything visually and the dialogue was packing more of a punch on its own. The details of the story were also starting to shape themselves into something that would work better on-screen than on-page in a novel. I’m still a little shocked at how it’s all come together, but I just want to tell my story. I don’t really care what medium it ultimately ends up as.

For all of my geekiness, I love a good love story. Relationships fascinate me. What draws two people together? What pulls them apart? What is that special something unique to only you that keeps someone interested? So, no big surprise that what I’m writing is at heart a love story. What’s it about? In a nutshell: two people meet, walk away and then keep getting pulled back into each others lives. I’m still working out the varying events that pull them together, but I have a solid beginning, enough “tentpole” moments that can hold up the narrative and an ending that I am really happy with. I don’t like obvious, linear storytelling, so I’m fracturing the timeline a bit and having fun with that element of the story. I have finally hit the mythical point where my characters are “talking” to me and the story is starting to unfold on it’s own. I couldn’t be happier with where I am and my writing has become a very precious and mandatory part of my day.

When I started writing in November, I struggled…a lot. There were so many moments when I was so frustrated with what I was writing. Some of it didn’t make sense. Dialogue was strained. Character details were off. I had a story that was brewing in my head, but I just couldn’t adequately get it from my head onto paper. But, I kept going with it and tried to find ways to coax the story out of my head. One day, in my frustration, I put together a playlist/soundtrack to get me to focus. Some people write in coffee shops and libraries. Not me. I write in my room with headphones on. The music helped. If the beat didn’t get me writing, the story told within the song did. I owe a creative debt of gratitude to (in no particular order) The XX, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Oasis, Primal Scream, Joy Division and New Order, Delphic, Adele, Pedram, Editors, The Verve, STRFKR, Robyn, Greg Dulli (in all his forms), Jay-Z, The Beastie Boys and Bon Iver for aiding me in my writing journey.

I’ve had an amazing month of writing. I can’t wait to see where I go from here. Thank you for allowing me to take a bit of a breather. Now, let’s get ready for the holidays!

Until next week (and my next obsession)!

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