Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Doin' it, and doin' it, but doing it well?



I finally did it.

I signed up for a kick in the ass.

Tonight marks my first novel writing class, one that purports to arm me with the skills (namely the motivation and discipline needed) to bang out one hundred pages by the end of September.

The prospect of possessing—actually creating! Gaaah!---a novel, possibly, maybe, before I turn the ripe old age of 25 is so…amazingly…far away…distant from where I am now.

Cube, grilled cheese, flip cup, my parents’ disappointment---these are the things that are organic to me in this stage of life. But in three months? Dare I think? Organic could be a sophomoric, un-salable novel stuffed in my nightstand. The possibilities are endless.

Maybe I’ll switch to quarters, maybe I’ll add tomato to the grilled cheese.

I did write a full-length screenplay my sophomore semester, and got an A plus, the only A plus I ever got in a college course, and a cute, jokey award for the best “drugs, sex, and angst” screenplay in the class, though most others had written love stories so the prize really didn’t count. I did do that. So I bet, factoring my slightly more burning desire to do this and my increase in age (hopefully maturity too) that this will happen. For. Real.

Wish me luck for tonight and every Tuesday after…

15 comments:

Broady said...

Good luck and looking forward to hearing about the class.

Didn't you take a class w/ Belle in the Big Apple? Do you two ever get together?

NotCarrie said...

Wow! That's really neat. Best of luck.

themarina said...

Good luck indeed. Looking forward to the end result while, in the meantime, catching little snippets along the way.

Ali said...

Good luck! I imagine it will seem daunting at first, but well worth it in the end! Can't wait to come to your book signing!

taza said...

challenges help us decide if a path is ours or not. best of luck to you in the class and beyond!

Anonymous said...

I represent Queens she was raised out in Brooklyn

bill said...

Congratulations! Will you share with us the name and location of the class? I for one am curious on behalf of friends who are writing or hope to.

Good luck? You'll need that eventually, I suppose, but I think you have what you need for the Tuesday nights already - desire and talent. So for now, congratulations.

Lynn said...

What a challenge! I think about it sometimes, too. First things first, though and that seems a little to daunting for me. Good luck!

tallglassofvino said...

wunderbar!
deadlines are one thing, but making them and their goal public are another - now that IS motivation!
good on ya!

Chai Anyone? said...

ayyyi. party time. good luck to you. having the inclination to write and knowing how hard it can be to actually get to it - i totally commend anyone who follows thru with it. best wishes. :)

Cheetarah1980 said...

The best motivation is being around other writers.

A word of advice. Take the critique and use what you can. But don't let them change the way you write. Sometimes when people take writing classes, their writing starts to sound very, "Here's what I learned in class this week." Hope you reach your goal.

Laura said...

Awesome. It's an amazing feeling when you finish that first first-draft of a first novel. Such an accomplishment to say you have 55,000 consecutive words on one subject, that you created a world. Good luck!

argos said...

a good kick in the ass and a grilled cheese is just as good a place to start as any.

Now, go write.

K said...

Guys, I can't express how much I appreciate the kind words.

Bill-the class is mediabistro's 12 week novelist. Woo hoo! Will post about the first class soon.

Broady--Belle in the Big Apple and I did in fact take a writing class together--and we do still hang out :)

Another twentysomething said...

Good luck and I hope you do keep your voice-- that's what makes us read this.