Since my last post, I've managed to write five new chapters of Hide and See, my dissertation novel. I can't help feeling a little proud of this, regardless of whether or not the chapters are actually any good. I've managed to do something, which is more than I did the week before. Progress! Woo!
I'm finally getting into the story too. I'm having that need to write. I've missed that - the feeling of getting a sliver of conversation in your head and just having to get it down before it disappears.
This of course does have the unfortunate side-effect of being furious if someone interrupts my thought process, as my poor father can attest to after asking for some tissues while I was mid-sentence.
With only a month to go until the dissertation due I have thought that perhaps this is a little late in the day to be writing new material but I'm just not happy with a lot of the earlier chapters. I mean they're alright, but they're not good. I want to feel proud of my work, even if I can't get the grade I want. I've obviously given up on the whole wanting-a-distinction-thing - that evaporated at the end of the first semester and was difficult for little over-achiever me to get over at first.
So I'm going for (not-quite-a-)job-satisfaction. If I like it, maybe that will make me more inclined to work on it and improve it in the long run. I've certainly had a productive few days and I only hope it will last, at least until I get to the point in the story I plan to use as the end of my dissertation.
All this writing has meant that my reading for the dissertation has taken a back seat. Good news for my word count, bad news for Totton Library, who must be tired of me renewing books so often. I read another chapter and a half of Curse by Andrew 'Boobs' Neiderman, but after having to read through another needless description of nipples I gave up. I might go back to it at some point but I'm starting to think it's unlikely.
When this sudden writing splurge peters out I'll probably move on to a fresh book - hopefully one where the female characters wear bras.