A lot has changed since my last post. I study dentistry now — started September 2018. I didn’t write the whole year in dental school. Nor did I forget my story world.
When the acceptance letter came in the summer of 2018, I was relived. I had a year off — unemployed — and I wrote, for the most part. Mid-summer, I had run out of steam, stuck at ~70,000 words. (Writer’s block? Motivation loss?)
Once my first year of dentistry finished and summer began, I couldn’t get myself back into writing, but during the year I had plotted, developed my characters, refined backstories and solidified my overall understanding of my narrative.
A month and a half into summer, the spark came. I wrote again. So far I’ve written ~60-70% of the story, but I have a new problem: looks like I’ll surpass my 100,000 word limit. Whops!
Detailed planning turned out to be my saving grace. Because I know where everything is going, it was easy to pick up where I had left off. However, I’m writing on ‘fight-or-flight’ mode now, mostly just dialogue with limited focus on setting. I’ll polish things in the second draft.
My ability to string up rhyming sentences is now limited, however, my story-telling ability does still exist (lol). I’m just glad my story isn’t dead!
If anybody is still reading my blog, thanks! 😛
(Remember to floss!)
-Thomas J. Benedict