My dear, dear Cougars and Mustangs readers, I have a big announcement to make, even if it will end up making little to no impact on your life whatsoever. It’s the announcement. The counting-my-chickens-before-they-hatch announcement, perhaps, but also the there-have-been-enough-goshdarned-eggs-at-this-point-that-one-of-them-is-bound-to-hatch-eventually announcement.
In other words, this has been a long time coming, as anyone who knows me personally should be pretty well aware. Cougars and Mustangs readers, as well as the rest of the world, it is time for me to decree it publicly, as otherwise it runs the risk of not happening.
I, Chris White-Sanborn, am about to begin work on my first “serious” novel. I’ve waited long enough. It’s time. Faithful readers may have heard me previously mention the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge, a month-long event in which writers who’ve had the novel inklings for awhile but a lack of patience, bravery, time, or any variety of other things to seal the deal undertake the plucky task of beginning a novel in November and completing it (or at least writing 50,000 words of it) by the end of the month. Unless absolutely necessary, no real editing as you go along—it’s about starting the thing, getting into the habit, preventing yourself from holding yourself back! I’m sure that with the wealth of talent to be found in the pool of college-going writers I bump into there are others who might be interested in trying their hand at this, to which I say “DO IT!”
Am I guaranteed to write a spectacular work of fiction by the time I’m done? Absolutely not. Is it possible that the idea will be executed so poorly as to ultimately need to be scrapped upon “completion”? Yes, theoretically it is, though I’m not sure that does myself enough credit. Ultimately, though, it is about getting into the swing of things, all that “write daily” stuff I’ve been told to get in the habit of but never found myself committing to.
Intern Chris White-Sanborn has really gone and done it now. Or, rather, he hasn’t, and we’ll see if he has come Dec. 1. Send your collegiate news to firstname.lastname@example.org.