Sunday, May 16, 2010
It has been a while since I've had something to say here, which in itself can say a lot of things. I'm still writing, but very conservatively. Uni has definitely affected how and what I write. In some cases it seems stifling, but in other cases it seems all for the better, take the time to write something real. I haven't had any publications this year, but I haven't been trying all that hard, to be honest. As always, study and work wind up cutting my creative writing time down to a minimum, and with my music hobby running around in the picture now (although, admittedly, not a MAJOR, major time kill), my time for writing is shrinking more and more as I approach the semester's end. No doubt I'll have a few stories ready for publication here and there by the end of the year, and I'll probably look at some poetry too. Depending on how well I go next year, I may even look into doing something with scripts, although I'll sort that hurdle out when I come to it. I've been told I'm pretty good with dialogue, and I recieved good marks for my scriptwriting last year, but I think a unit dedicated solely to scriptwriting/screenplays should really put me under the pump. I'm looking forward to my second NaNoWriMo, which, I know, is A LONG way away, but with all that I've learned this year, it should definitely be interesting. I'm not sure whether rewriting last year's novel (of which I've already written out some notes) is the way to go, or whether I'll strip things back in terms of plot, and go for a more character driven piece that's more innovative than a generic steampunk epic. Anyways, I think I've achieved something with my latest short story, particularly with character development and plot structure, which I'll spend the next few weeks workshopping. It would have been good to have a few more short stories under my belt by now (even a few more GOOD ones), but I guess I'm going alright.