For the last five years, my New Year's Resolution has been "Write a Book." Now, I have written one. I have written four, in fact, but most of what I have is glorified outlines and stream-of-consciousness drivel. My Resolution for 2011 is this: "Polish a Book." This year, I would like to take one that I have already "written," and work with it--rewrites, edits, more rewrites, critiques--with the intention of sending it to agents by next December.
I bought myself a laptop this Christmas. I have been wanting one for years, but now I can justify the purchase by knowing that I can use it for my theater job. I have a baby laptop that is three years old. No disc drive, no programs, a reduced keyboard, and a bum internet connection. I love the little guy, but it's time for him to retire.
I absolutely adore this new computer. It's a Toshiba, and though I'm a Mac gal by nature, so far Dexter (yes, I name my computers) has held a battery charge and sat on my lap for extended periods of time without burning me.
I have these crazy dreams of sitting around working on my novel.
Has anyone used yWriter? I downloaded it, and I'm excited to load my Work-In-Progress into it.
I found a catalyst. I am writing a fictionalized memoir. I won't call it a memoir, of course, because much of it will be made up, but I will take real events in my life and make them more extreme. "What if I never broke up with my high school boyfriend? In fact, what if I never left my hometown?" Me, in that situation, would be very unhappy. I imagine most of my real friends would have given up on me and skipped town. What if I left to pursue my dreams and reconnect with my friends? What if my naive self were to trust too much and go broke too soon? What if I got stuck halfway across the country? When did I become a cynic? What caused that? But can't love triumph over all in the end after all?
We shall see, my friends. New working title: The Cheesecake Fund.