There were many different options of creative pieces that we could do, but one in particular stood out to me - which was 6000 words (or 2 chapters worth) of the start of a novel. Now some of you may know that I wrote a first draft of a 50,000 word novel in a month for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which personally was a massive accomplishment for me. However, I'm still in the process of editing that novel (titled Short Encounters) and whilst I love it, I don't think the plot would be strong enough for this dissertation, especially with only 6000 words to show everything I've learnt.
So I've decided to resurrect one of the fantasy novel ideas I had a few months before I wrote Short Encounters. I did have about 10,000 words but my inner editor attacked it harshly through the writing process and bam, we're back to 2000. So I either develop that over the summer and have a solid fantasy first draft for September or try and write a novel when I visit Thailand in Summer and try and create a story linking to their culture.
I feel as if my life as a novelist is just beginning, and the journey that I will embark on over Summer in particular will shape my writing style, and with luck and the right frame of mind, I should be able to show this in my dissertation.
Until next time,