I feel good about myself so far, though, because I've managed to write this week. Around 800 words a day, not that I'm really counting. I have about 45 minutes to an hour I make for writing, so it's how much I can get in that time. I'm averaging less than I did in the summer, but I'm still writing, which I consider a victory. I'm incredibly jealous of people who can write a lot in a short amount of time, but I can't. Everyone writes differently. I'm pretty slow. But I will get done, eventually. Eventually. Can you believe I've been working on this same novel since January? Not the same draft, of course, but still. I've never consistently worked on something for that long. My fanfiction novel took two years, but I wrote intermittently in bursts, not every day the way I do now.
Hopefully, this summer, I'm aiming to go for a six-week study abroad program to Greece. I have decided that to successfully understand the culture and setting of my novel (and its future companion novel), I should at least try to visit Athens. The trip costs over $7,000, so it kind of depends on how the scholarship situation pans out. My parents, no doubt, can afford the program if I ask, but I don't think it's fair for them to pay for it. They are already financing my entire tuition (minus the National Merit money I get), room and board, and they're going to pay for three years of law school too. So I'm going to try to cut the price of the trip in half (that's my goal anyway), and if I can, then I'll go.
I'm not, however, very psyched at the idea of adding several scholarship essays to my workload. But as you all know from the theme of my blog, I would love the opportunity to see Greece in person. Therefore, I will try.
I've been breaking my rule lately of not going back until the end. I'm rewriting the most recent three chapters, because they're so awful I can't even handle it. Plus, I changed the plot some.
So. Share your thoughts about how your summer is transitioning to fall. Or whatever. I know for some of you, summer and fall schedules are pretty much the same. You could also share some craft book suggestions. I would appreciate it. :-)