I'm working on writing my novel, or rather I'm sitting here blogging instead of writing my novel because it's really easy to get distracted. I think I have to become one of those "first-thing-in-the morning" writers because the 3-4 pm time is really my most useless time of day (and yes, you may point out that it's only a quarter to 2 and I'm still rather useless, aren't I?). I was so good last week and wrote a lot, even 12-15 pages at one sitting, but I know I need to just sit down and pound it out. It's feeling a lot like my thesis. The word /thesis/ sits pretty heavily down on me as a new topic that caused (a) a lot of procrastination in starting it (b) a lot of procrastination in doing it (c) the feeling that when I did it, I ought to be more monumental that what I actually had to say and (d) a certain degree of stiffness in the writing because, after all, it was my THESIS. I think the same thing goes with writing a novel. Somehow I'm more embarrassed to tell people that I'm writing a novel than that I'm working on some short stories or something. I think it's because a short story is something someone can just do for a lark while writing a novel evokes a certain degree of authorial solemnity.
The point being... I just have to get it done. It doesn't have to be that good because it probably won't be that good because of the hugeness of the word novel, but once I get it down then I can finally get comfortable with the idea that I can just write up novels sometimes. This is just a practice run of writing something long and finished. I've started other projects of writing a novel, but finished seems to be the hardest part. So even though I just want to sit here and blog instead of working on the novel itself, I just ought to pound out some pages, even if they're dumb and get closer to the end of this monstrosity, or (as I called my thesis), the big slouching beast.
In other news, however, the poetry manuscript is going swimmingly. It should be ready by the end of this week.