I always like to seem accomplished during my summers, keeping up with the books & stories, and doing something worthwhile. This doesn’t mean I stick my nose in a Calculus book all summer, but I like to do the things I can’t do during the year: write & read. Every summer, writing is usually one of my biggest struggles, as well as accomplishments. Every summer, I try to write a novel. Does it work? Why don’t you take a look at my many 5-page long manuscripts. 8th grade was the year, when I reached 75 pages…and gave up at the spur-of-the-moment. I could say that I will write a novel this summer, that I will get it published, that it will be brilliant. But I probably won’t, and it probably won’t. That doesn’t mean I can’t try.
Step 1: Idea
I used to think that I had the best ideas, but couldn’t execute them. Now, it’s really the opposite. While writing 100 pages comes easier to me, coming up with the basic idea is difficult. I used to go through all the mumbo-jumbo processes of outlines and drafts and drafts and outlines (which are probably not so mumbo-jumbo), but it made me stuck and confused. In fact, I should probably be using outlines because every time I come up with an idea, it’s terribly convoluted. The “novel” that ended at 75 pages had about 10 conflicts, which made it lose the point. I can’t stay concise…which is the problem with my writing…and me, for that fact.
Step 2: Write, write, write
When I first started this craze for novel-writing, I used to go to the self-help websites and read…just read. I’d download free books on iBooks…and check them out from the library. They all said the same thing: keep writing no matter what. But, if you know me, you know that I am the biggest perfectionist in the world. Truly. I can’t stand not editing a sentence after writing it. Yes, I’m a bit lazy on this blog (as you’ve noticed by the numerous grammatical errors), but a book is like a baby–it needs to be nourished and taken care of. I can’t just write 100 pages, go back and edit, and realize that it’s a crappy piece of work. Then again, I have trouble making changes to my work. Once I come up with an idea, I’m convinced it’s brilliant–and no one can convince me otherwise. Nevertheless, this is precisely why I start a new book every….week.
Step 3:….I wouldn’t know because I’ve never actually gotten this far.
So, do you think I can do it? Do you think I can really unleash my imagination? Will high school have changed me?
…You’ll just have to wait and see.