I discovered a blog via http://www.nerdfighters.com. It's the blog of a teenager writer, much like us, only a few years older. She's trying to get a novel published, but is also posting about random stuff.
You don't have to follow her. I'm not even necessarily asking/recommending that you do. I'm just saying that here is the link, and if you want to check it out, go ahead.
I am TAKING THE WEEK OFF.
Yes, I've wanted to work on Clockwork. Yes, I could be starting the theatrical adaptation of Will Grayson, Will Grayson that I sort of want to try my hand at writing just for the heck of it. I've never written a serious script before, and in this case, I wouldn't even have to worry about characters or plot.
But I'm not. The reason for this is partially because I've got loads of family in town for my cousin's graduation, and partially simply because it's the start of summer vacation and I want to celebrate.
It's also partially because this summer, I sort of want to try treating writing as a proper job, as opposed to just writing for an hour or two whenever I feel like it.
Now, I doubt this will work very well, and I doubt it will last very long, but I want to try anyway. I mean, in the hypothetical imaginary distant fantasy-future, when I'm a full-time writer (not that this is likely, I know, but just for the sake of argument), I'll have to do this anyway, so why not try it out now while I don't have to worry about money? (Speaking of which, I'll be making twice as much money over the summer, since I'm going to be teaching two piano lessons a week to my neighbor, as opposed to just one.)
I was on the phone with Emily (Emily non-rougewriter-Emily) earlier and she said "Cool, tell me how that goes," and I said "It probably won't go at all."
So that's what I'm planning on doing. (I'm also planning on failing.) And when I say "treating it like a job," ideally I'd be working 9 to 5, but as I realized while on the phone, there is no way that is going to happen, so it'll probably be more like 9 to 12, and then sporadically or not at all throughout the afternoon. I am a teenager, after all. I'm allowed to not be adultish in my work habits for another few years (minus any "real" jobs I may get while still in high school).
I'm loving this summer stuff, by the way. I can stay up 'till midnight watching Torchwood, and then because I don't have school, I can sleep in as long as I like so I'm not behind on sleep.
A quote from For The Win, to send you off: "...he started swearing in British, which is a lot like swearing in American, except with a lot more 'bloodies.'" I'm on page 91, so don't spoil anything for me.