Slowly returning to health
I have been sick for a couple weeks now. Starting to get more than a little frustrating, but then, I am not the only one in my town going through this lingering illness. A lot of people have been getting repeatedly sideswiped by it. I would like to think that I am close to full recovery, but I thought that a week ago, so I am not going to jinx myself this time. Hopefully…
So I made some New Year’s resolutions, and my writing-centered resolutions were A.) To write a novel this year, and B.) To keep focusing on writing like I have this year. Pretty simple. Yesterday I decided I would look through my story ideas and figure out which one would be the book I write, and after perusing my ideas, I decided that the story I had been working on before this illness — The Cold Room — would be the one. When I had been writing it, I had the thought that perhaps this idea would be better served if it was expanded. After making the decision, I sat down to start writing a basic overview of what the book would look like, and forty-five minutes later I had written two longhand pages, and the entire idea was there, like magic, on the page! It was inspiring and exciting.
Later during the day I wrote chapter-by-chapter outlines and ended up writing several more longhand pages until I had something like the first seven chapters outlined. Of course, the book will change as it gets written, but that shouldn’t surprise me, considering how the story itself changed as I was working on it — it was initially going to be a simple story about a ghost or demonic possession, and ended up becoming something of a prequel for the big book series I have long planned on writing.
I am not sure if I will just work on the outline until it is complete or if I will start writing the actual chapters before the outline is complete. I have only written one book, and that was a long, long time ago, but when I did write it, I had the chapters all worked out well before the actual writing. We shall see. I think today I will probably just work some more on chapter outlines, especially since I am going to have a fairly busy day going grocery shopping and trying to get myself reinstated in school.
That is another big decision I made over the last couple of days. I had been seriously considering trying to get a job that I normally would have never seen myself doing, but I realized on New Year’s Eve that I just couldn’t bring myself to do it, so the only other option was to return to school and get my journalism degree. I don’t know how easy this is going to be for me, considering that I had to withdraw from school due to my health issues of a couple months ago, but I am going to try my best.
I hope all is well for everyone in the brand new year. May all your goals be met!