National Novel Writing Month and Being Produced!
This month is going to be a crazy one for me. In addition to the acting work I’ve finally gotten, I’m also doing National Novel Writing Month.
If you don’t know what National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo to us participants) is, check it out here. I’ve been doing NaNo since 2008, my freshman year of college. I failed miserably that first year, getting only about ten thousand words out of my paltry plot. Since then, however, I’ve won every year, cranking out novels of varying quality. This year, my novel has transformed from a fictional account of a girl striving to become her own person after fourteen years of national fame to a less fictional study of the intense emotions I’ve been feeling since graduating. While it’s probably healthy for me to make these explorations, it unfortunately means that when I don’t feel like delving into my feelings, I avoid writing like I never have before. We’ll see how this goes. I’m not prepared to deal with the consequences of losing for the first time in four years.
In other news, I got a very exciting e-mail this past weekend. In the midst of shooting a film and performing in a staged reading, I found out that I am going to be making my debut as a playwright in Philadelphia this month! One of my short plays has been chosen to appear in a festival about Generation Y, and I’m really, really excited. I’m also a bit stressed out. Just last night, I got another e-mail with suggested revisions. Some of them are pretty serious, and while I’m free to ignore them, I know I need to make some of them, and I also know that they’ll help. I only have a few days to make the changes, which adds a little more pressure. However, as stressed as I am about this, it’s also cool to have this problem. It makes me feel like a writer, and that’s a nice feeling.