So in July, I sent in an application to the Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency. According to the website, announcements were to be made August 23rd. That date has come and gone, and I haven’t heard a word nor seen anything on the site. Obviously, this is frustrating. Getting that one fiction spot for writers who aren’t from the area is a long shot, but still.
At this point, I’m guessing that I didn’t get it or I would have heard. I mean, the residency begins in 2 or 3 weeks. Still, it’d be nice to have an answer, even if it’s a rejection.
My novel outlining class doesn’t begin until mid-September, so I have some time on my hands. I’m kind of stuck with regard to my novel right now anyway. I only have part of the outline written and I’m not even sure if the way I formatted it is working for me. So I’m taking a break.
In the meantime, I’ve begun revising a short story I wrote about 5 years ago. It’s been sitting on my desk probably because I got bored of it. It’s the millionth draft, and when I looked at it the other day I saw more revisions that I can make. Looking at it now, with fresh eyes, I’m excited to work on it again.
At the rate I’m going I’ll probably have more than one post entitled, “Procrastination.” I haven’t written since the last time I posted. To be honest, I feel lost without the structure and deadlines of taking a class. And my class just ended this week.
The class I took was called Read Like A Writer and it was HARD. I haven’t done a close reading of fiction or poetry in about twenty years. Maybe more. As I did the assignments, I felt like I was just reading into things, into the text, basically making shit up. I struggled with the homework, but I did complete them.
The next class I’m taking is called Outlining Your Novel, which I really need. I have much of my outline done, and have written a few parts. Now I feel like I’m stuck.
I’m Barb Natividad. I write mostly short stories and some memoir-type essays. I finished a draft of a full-length memoir but couldn’t remember all the details, so I’m turning it into a novel. I’ve learned that there is so much freedom in writing fiction. I hope you’ll join me on my writing journey.