Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Musings: W.I.P. (Thesis Project)

It's crazy to think that it's already time to start thinking about writing my thesis and forming a committee. In some ways, it feels like I just got here and I'm already preparing to leave. Some days, of course, I feel like I've lived every decade of my almost two years in the program (tis the life of a grad student I supposed). 

But while I'm supposed to be thinking ahead, I still have another year before I should even be thinking about writing my thesis. However, since I have post-grad plans, everything is being pushed up so I don't have every single thing piled up to do this time next year. That being said, it's good that I've just about plotted out the collection of short stories that I want to use for my project.

This is actually the third idea I've had for a thesis project: the first one was a story that I've been working on since I was fourteen and figured having to write it for graduation would finally give me the motivation to finish what I started. The second came from a short story I wrote in my Forms of Fiction class that I absolutely fell in love with, but had a hard time developing it into a full-length story.

Third time is the charm I guess because I know what I'm doing more or less for all ten of the stories. Some are more advanced than others because I had ideas for writing them as independent short stories before realizing that with a tweak here and there, they would fit into my concept.

I haven't actually started writing yet, but my project is inspired partially by August Wilson's American Century Cycle (I'll have ten short stories total, each taking place in a different decade in the 20th century) and If These Walls Could Talk (interconnectivity-wise...each story, while independent, will somehow tie into the others (I guess that would make them interdependent???) )

For the first time in a long while, I'm excited to be writing again and can't wait to get started. I'm not sure how it's all going to turn out yet, but I am happy to at least have some kind of game plan ready to go to make what will end up being a whirlwind third year a little less chaotic.

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