Grad School Update: Novel to Screenplay
I never really talk about grad school on this blog, mostly because I hate it. I don't want to constantly be posting negative things about it, so I've been pretty quiet on that front. Ironically this blog is called, "Wandering Grad," and I've definitely skipped writing about school, probably because I thought complaining about it would turn readers off. But since I haven't covered that area in awhile, I guess I'll let my followers know what's up with that.
I came to London excited to start my creative writing program, mostly because I hoped it would inspire me to finish one of my many novels I have started. Fast-forward six months and I haven't written a single word more of anything I had previously started. Sadly, the inspiration I had hoped for never came to me, and I abandoned the idea that I'll ever be a famous novelist. There's a few reasons for this. The major one is that if I can't even write a whole book, how can I send it anywhere to get published. The other reason is that every speaker we've had in class so far has told us that only like 1% of books submitted to publishers actually get published, and even if your book does get published, it doesn't even mean you'll make any money off of it.
But... there have been a lot of people encouraging us to self-publish our work, which I am a huge fan of. I think self-publishing and then promoting your own work is a fabulous way to go about getting into the industry. Why wait for a publisher to take notice when you can upload and sell your book online? If I ever do finish writing something, this is how I will be going about it. But still, I haven't even gotten past writing 2 or 3 chapters for each project I've started, which makes me realize that I am not cut out to write a full-length novel. So instead, I've switched my focus to something I can accomplish.
I am a highly visual person and love stage and film. Why hadn't I been writing more plays and stuff for the screen? I think it was the fact that writing too much dialogue scared me, but now that I've been working on some projects, I've found that it allows me to be a lot more free with coming up with a story line, where writing a novel would get me stuck and not be able to move forward. Because of this, I've switched my dissertation from a novel to a screenplay. I want to write for visual purposes. I think writing something that can be put on a stage or on film makes so much more sense for who I am.
And of course, blogging has really been something I continue to enjoy doing, and see myself hopefully making money off of someday. Blogging is definitely a useful tool in the public relations world, and the more I do it, the easier it gets. I can see writing a personal memoir of my travels someday, which would be entirely easier to write than a fictional novel. Plus, to be honest, I don't even really read novels anymore and I shouldn't be writing a book if I'm not even reading others. I find myself drawn to personal stories and connect better when I'm reading about someone who's done the stuff I want to accomplish in life.
So that's the basic gist of what school has been pulling me towards since I started back in September. Truthfully, I am neither a fan of my university nor my program, but I am going to push through and finish so I can get my MA and say I at least did something while abroad for school. If any readers are considering studying abroad for grad school, I'd suggest you really research schools and their programs before deciding which ones to apply to, because I chose mine based on location rather than quality and wish I had chosen more wisely.