It’s been a while since I’ve written an entry for this blog; thankfully, I can partially attribute that time away to me getting a lot of good quality writing done. Over the past six or so months, I’ve managed to finish two full-length novels (coming it at around 50 000 words) and am about halfway through a third. It’s a trilogy I’m working on about what happens to a girl when she gets out of a bad relationship.
The whole series began as a one shot I wrote about a night I had with my friends back during first year of University. Now of course, I changed many of the details about that night, some of which obviously included character names and setting, but the foundational ideas are still there to this day. The one shot was written way before I even had dreamed up this idea for my trilogy and for the most part, I had forgotten about it. It was just a word document sitting in a file folder hidden away on my computer’s desktop. I don’t remember what made me pull that piece of writing back out and blow the cobwebs off of it, but I can say with confidence that I’m so glad I did. It’s given me something to strive for creatively for the past year and a half.
The first novel has taken me the longest to finish. I started the first draft back in August 2012 and didn’t finish it until June 2013. Almost immediately after I finished it, I began work on its sequel. The sequel is currently still in-progress; I put it temporarily on hold for the month of November while I participated in NaNoWriMo, knowing that while only sitting at 21 000 words, I couldn’t write another 50 000 for that particular book. For the month on November then I worked painfully on the final book in the trilogy and by November 30th, I had reached a successful word count of 53 213, though still had not come to the conclusion of the book just yet. It took me another 5 000 or so words to wrap up my story arc. Though December is now almost half over, I have not been able to continue on with my writing of the second book. I still attend school, which means that the end of semester exams are in full force for these first two weeks of December. Come Christmas Break, I should have some quality time to finish off my series.
The inspiration for my trilogy, as I have previous alluded to in this entry, was a one shot I wrote. To come right out and say it, yes, the characters are loosely based on people that have appeared in real life, though many of the qualities and/or traits they hold are mainly fictitious. The characters, I like to think, are the personification of certain characteristics people have within themselves. Sometimes, these characteristics are exaggerated and sometimes I’ve combined two different people into a single character, but there is a hint of truth hidden within them somewhere.
I believe that it is time for me to end this entry, though I will say that it has been quite nice to write in here for once about something other than writer’s block. It’s time for me to get back to studying for final exams. I shall leave you with a quote I found earlier today about writing. I feel like it is quite relatable.
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~ Sylvia Plath