Tomorrow I am flying to Kentucky. On July 1st I begin a creative residency at Artcroft in Carlisle, KY. This is an incredible opportunity for which I am incredibly grateful. Not only does this residency provide a supportive environment for me to write, but affirms my writing practice. The good people at Artcroft believe in me, believe I am a writer and value my creative endeavour. I feel very happy about this new adventure.
My project for the month long residency is a novel. Writing a long work is uniquely challenging. I’ve done it once before in 2006 when I began writing my MFA thesis. Up until that point I had written short stories only, and writing a novel was an invaluable learning process. The most important thing I learned was that I could do it. I could write everyday on an extended narrative.
The last couple of months I’ve been applying some of the lessons I learned from that project. Outlines help me. I’ve outlined the first two parts and left the conclusion open. […]