Writer’s Notebook, 10/29/12: Making Plans, Awaiting Structure

Good news!  I received a phone call from one of the admissions officers at Hope the other day. Barring an unexpected complication from the head of admissions, I will be joining the ranks of Flying Dutchmen this coming January.

Instead of trying to learn, from scratch, the techne of fiction writing while trying to write my novel on my own, I will do both within the structure of a creative writing program.  The goal of the advanced creative writing courses is for each student to have a complete and publishable manuscript by course’s end.

So, for now, I’m taking a break from the novel.

It’s still in my head.  The characters are still developing, the plot percolating.  But, being in need of outside help, I stopped, lest I waste valuable time beating my head against the wall of my ignorance.  Happily, I’ll have that help, and for the low, low price of free.*  Being married to a college professor does have its perks.

I’ve switched gears and am working on a non-fiction project.  That I can do and do well.  My mornings now are spent meditating and journaling, producing rough content to be later honed and polished. Say a prayer for its success, will you?

*Plus books, security deposit, and some form of part-time day care – that is, almost free.


  1. says

    That’s awesome! Good for you! My own novel (you know, the one I haven’t written one word of, yet) is constantly in my mind, even while I sleep. I don’t yet have the courage to put it in real words on real paper. It is my biggest dream in life, though!

    Many prayers for you!

    • Rhonda Ortiz says

      Thanks, Leanne! I’m excited about going back to school. The hardest part will be putting my son in some sort of daycare – only part-time, but, still…

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