Even though I didn’t get as much time as I would like to write this fall, I did grow as a writer and I did learn. The creative writing course I took this fall left me with a notebook full of writing material. The entire process brought back so many memories – bad and good. It also made me take a fresh look at old memories, particularly memories related to some of the best times of my life, my life in Austin. My quest now is to get into the writing habit, which is one of the main reasons why I decided to blog again.
There were so many days, particularly in September and October, when all I wanted to do is spend the day writing, exploring all of the writing prompts I completed in class. The more I wrote, the more ideas came flooding in. The problem became getting them all down on paper in time, before they vanished. Throughout the semester, we spent five weeks on poetry, five weeks on fiction, and three weeks on creative non-fiction. Our final project involved compiling a portfolio of pieces from each genre. As I decided to complete an honors project as well, I took a short story I struggled with for quite some time and decided to write the backstory, what really happened. The rest of the story, along with a little tweaking of the fiction, came together to create something unique. I am also happy with some of the poetry I created. Until this past semester, I never really felt as though I understood poetry. At least now I get the basics.
The big question now is: Where do I want to go next? The next obvious step is to create a daily writing routine. It may be difficult, but there is no mystery there. I know what needs to be done. The real question is what do I want to write: Fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, screenplay, or something else? I am torn between working on pieces of a long-term project I have had in the back of my mind for years and working on shorter pieces to send out for potential publication. Do I focus on my blog or do I polish several pieces that have potential for great short stories? I also took a screenwriting class this past semester. As a result, I have the first twenty pages of a script I love. Do I take the time to finish it? If I finish it, what then? Then there are all the memories I associate with particular songs. Thanks to my experience writing for an online magazine called JamsBio several years ago, I still want to write a series of short pieces discussing some of my favorite songs and the memories I associate with them. Where does that fit in? Should it be a series here on my blog or should it stand alone, whether in its own blog or another format? There are so many questions at the moment. I need to take some time over the next couple of weeks to come up with a plan.
I am grateful. There are so many worse issues than too many options. I call the shots. I make the decisions. It is both a blessing and a curse. It is simply a question of how I choose to spend my time and talents. We will see what 2016 brings.