Leading on from October’s example, here’s what I got up to in November:
- NaNoWriMo. I’ll get this one out of the way early because, simply put, I might as well not have done it. After a 3,000 word start on day 1, I did a few hundred words here and there across the month, working on various new ideas. Primarily, as you’re about to see, my month was taken over by my new job. Fitting writing in is something I’m still working on, primarily stalled by my search for the next big idea to work on.
- I’ve had more form rejections on Homecoming and the agent who requested a refurbished resubmission passed on it. She said she wants to see my future work, though, so not all bad! I still have a load of unanswered submissions so I’m going to leave them stirring and stall the submitting until I get going on my next book, which is more important.
- Work. Work. Work. I passed the two week classroom section of training, being the only one to get 100%, which gave me huge confidence.
- Next we had a two week practical training in “grad bay” – basically we were doing full work, full hours, but we were allowed to run for help every five seconds without being given out to. Got through those two weeks in what was a steep learning curve and now I’m working as a full employee – eep!
- Very little reading, even less writing. I’m tired after work and I stare at a screen all day, so my eyes aren’t up for reading much. Trying to work on that. Also sifting through my many ideas to find a novel idea that excites me. I’m dying to write one, I just need the excitement of an idea.
- Graduation! I nearly forgot this one because I didn’t go to it – I had work, but I didn’t particularly want to go either as I graduated last year too. I now officially have an MA in Creative Writing and am out of the education system. I’m a big boy!
So as you can see, not the most exciting of months. Working 5 days a week is time and energy consuming, but I’m enjoying the work and in a great mood. It’s all a matter of time before the right idea snaps into place and the writing takes off. Only a matter of time…