It’s been a while since I updated this page. Life piled on, and I’ve been keeping busy. But, I wanted to take the time and let you all know what’s going on.
This month is NaNoWriMo, a challenge that takes place in November in which people take the challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. As of writing this, I am over that 50k threshold! It’s an excellent win for the month, and now I’m taking a step back from that particular project.
Since September, I’ve been feeling very inspired in my creative life. It’s a great feeling after months over the summer in which I was suffering from writer’s block (depending on who you talk to, someone would dictate this to be a myth, but when it hits you, it hits you).
Before this semester, I didn’t know whether I would be pursuing a life in poetry or fiction. After the first two years in college, I fell in love with both. The classes I took with the teachers and professors I had inspired me in both mediums.
With the kinds of classes, I have this semester, my heart leans in the direction of fiction writing.
Some assignments I’ve had in my film class opened up my brain to ideas that I would’ve never come up with on my own. This semester I’ve fallen more in love with film than before.
When prepping for NaNoWriMo 2019, I did a lot of research into plot structure, character arcs, and other aspects of what made some of my favorite stories so memorable. This unlocked some key in the back of my brain; stories that I always wanted to write seemed possible.
I realized what I talked about the most to my other friends (both in art programs and non-art programs) was the fact I wanted to tell stories. Not just stories in books (also comics and graphic novels) but also television and film; I love it all!
I often wrote poetry with subject matters more towards humanity and human experiences, but when I tried to make something up for a poem, it always fell flat. I’d tell experiences that weren’t my own, and it showed.
At the core of stories are people, their wants, needs, backstories, and all the little things that make a person a person. With writing stories, I get to play with those ideas that I wouldn’t translate into poetry.
It doesn’t mean that I’m never going to write another poem again, and I’m casting my PEZ dispenser of Edgar Allen Poe into the pit. Poetry is something I’ll always love to write. But when it comes to fiction writing, the inspiration is there, and I feel that passion more than anything.
When I’ve been writing my project for NaNoWriMo project, I feel that escapism into a different reality that I haven’t had in a while.
The semester is almost over. The year is almost over. Hell, this decade is almost over! As the New Year and the New semester draw near, I feel confident that I can go forth knowing that there is a path for me.
This semester marks the beginning of something awesome. This post is that mile-marker.
Thanks for reading! ✨